Safety at Work

Managing back pain at work

As the old saying goes, 'prevention is better than cure'. When it comes to back pain, that certainly is the case. However, statistics suggest that 1 in 5 office workers suffer pain in the back, neck, shoulders or wrists. Clearly, those of us that mostly work at a desk need to be conscientious about preventing back pain. And if you already have back pain, you need good solutions to aid comfort and healing while working in an office. In today's post we're going to look at the relationship between back pain and your workstation; some of the causes of back pain, how it can be treated, and importantly how back pain can be prevented in the workplace.

Causes

Sitting in an office chair for long periods of time can cause lower back pain and can worsen problems that already exist. There are a number of factors that affect back pain in the office, including level of movement, schedule, and desk set-up. Posture is a key factor that can cause pain over time; this includes sitting in the same position for too long, leaning too close to the screen, or tensing up because of stress. Also, many workers lack training in how to use their desk chair, display screen equipment (DSE), and other workstation accessories. It's estimated that businesses in the UK lose 4.9 billion days a year because of work-related back pain, a loss of approximately 5 billion pound a year. That's got to be a reason for employers and employees to sit up and pay attention to the simple ways that back pain can be prevented and treated in the workplace.

Preventing back pain at work

Treatment

Back pain is tough to live and work with. Thankfully, you don't have to be stuck with a worsening condition. Alongside medical help, there are some simple yet very effective ways to treat back pain in the office. Our experts can provide specialist workplace assessments specifically for those that suffer back pain in office environments. We analyse the history of the individual's back pain and previous treatment, their seated posture and what is causing the pain. We use these results to retrain the user and give advice on how to manage the pain. Our pain assessments are recognised in London and around the UK among the health industry as a leading service for those that are suffering in the workplace. We also provide orthopaedic chairs that are specifically designed to help those that suffer back pain. It's important that office chairs have adjustable height and arm rests, and specifically good lumbar support for those that suffer back pain.

Prevention

Ideally, it would be great if nobody suffered with back pain because of their work. This is why we believe that prevention is key. There are a number of steps that can be taken by employers and employees to prevent pain being caused in the workplace. The government have set up Health and Safety regulations to protect workers. A workplace assessment can help employers comply with these regulations, and create a comfortable place for their employees to work, which will boost morale. Regular exercise is a key ingredient to physical health, it is particularly important for those that spend most of their day at a desk. You could consider set up exercise classes with colleagues on lunch breaks as a fun way to make sure you are staying fit and healthy. There are additional elements that can improve the experience of working in an office. A sit-stand desk gives users the option of movement and is a great way to prevent back pain and burn calories. Why not consider a footrest, ergonomic keyboard or document holder? Obviously, not everybody needs to use all of these, but we can help you decide what is most important for each person in your workplace according to their specific needs.

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