7 - Back To Work - Review

Goals Information Skills Drills Questions Review

 Session Review

It is important that people with back pain return to work soon.

  • The longer people stay off work, the greater their risk for long-term pain and disability.
  • People at work tend to stay more active.
  • They enjoy the social interaction of being at work.
  • Their self-image is raised because they see themselves in a productive role.
  • They sense that they are well, not ill.
  • They find that their pain, though often annoying, is not disabling.

The physical parts of a job contribute to work-related back pain.

  • People who deal with heavy loads often report more back pain and back injuries.
  • Lifting is often blamed as a cause of back pain, but lifting itself is not necessarily a risk factor until other variables are added.
  • Vibration of the whole body is a risk factor for back pain.
  • Driving can be a risk if people drive more than half the work day, probably because of static sitting posture and the vibration from the vehicle.
  • Sedentary work is considered a risk factor for work-related back pain.

Workers' attitudes factor into work-related back pain.

  • Having a sense of low job satisfaction.
  • Feeling unable to influence work conditions.
  • Working in a stressful work setting.

You take an active role in improving the ergonomics of your work (or hobby) environment.

  • Make simple adjustments to work benches and chairs.
  • Get additional training and help to improve the arrangement of the workstation.
  • Take part in the company's work fitness program.
  • Become more physically fit.
  • Take mini-breaks often.

A well-rounded physical fitness program is important.

  • It addresses flexibility, strength, aerobic conditioning, and relaxation.
  • The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week.
  • People who stay active and who work on flexibility, strength, and endurance seem better able to manage back pain once it strikes.
  • People who are sedentary and unfit are subject to back trouble, along with a host of preventable diseases such as colon cancer, joint problems, and heart disease.

Certain symptoms should be reported to your supervisor or healthcare provider.

  • Back discomfort that seems to be getting worse.
  • Back pain that doesn't change when you rest or when you move around.
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs.
  • Back pain that happens during a specific work task.
  • Changes in bowel or bladder function.
  • Pain that awakens you in the middle of the night.

Goals Information Skills Drills Questions Review

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