One of the most common reasons of absenteeism is back pain. It also accounts for almost 50% of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in United States. It’s a medical condition which requires at least a week of rest. Work-related lower back pain (WRLBP) causes 100 million days of absences every year. Roughly 70% of compensation claims are due to it.
This alarming percentage highlights the need for safety presentations on preventing back pain. Being aware of different factors that lead to chronic pains in the back will help workers avoid them. Pains start when the condition is in the acute stage, and it eventually enters the chronic stage which has a significant impact on work performance.
Safety presentations on back pains are helpful to employees who are exposed to certain risks because of their tasks. These include laborers, attendants, freight staff, utility workers like cleaners or janitors, nursing aides, and truck drivers.
Common causes of back pains include:
•Pushing and pulling
•Heavy physical work
•Whole body vibration (WBV) exposure
More serious reasons of back pains are:
•Strong force injuries during accidents
•Internal diseases (infections, kidney stone formation, blood clots)
•Poor physical condition because of inactivity
•Emotional or psychological stress
Safety presentations on prevention and management are best for helping office workers deal with the pain. Employers can organize regular presentations to help everyone manage lower back problems as early as possible. Choosing experts on health issues is very important to encourage every employee to maintain personal well being. It doesn’t matter if their work uses physical or mental strength, the fact that they work day by day can affect the general condition of their body. It is not too late to begin a healthy lifestyle to avoid taking pain medication or undergoing surgery.
During safety presentations, speakers want attendees to realize that most back pains are the results of physical and psychological stress. Constant pressure, tension, and anxiety while working can aggravate pains or cause the onset of lower back injuries. Professional practitioners like medical personnel and psychologists can help employees identify the origin of their pains. They can competently guide attendees to do proper methods to correct or manage pains without resorting to habit-forming medication which do not really solve the problem.
Here are some enlightening facts that employers can learn from these kinds of guided presentations:
•Prolonged sitting shortens the muscles (psoas, iliacus, quadratus lumborum). These muscles connect the lumbar region to femur and pelvis. Pains occur when these muscles are shortened because standing up stretches the lumbar region or the lower back.
•Imbalance of anterior and posterior muscles causes body pains. Proper alignment of muscles in front and back of the shoulders is vital in avoiding chronic pains and discomforts.
•Poor posture is cited as one of the causes of lower back pains. To prevent pain, it’s necessary to constantly check one’s sitting posture. Poor posture signals emotional stress or depression. It is linked to weight problems, constant migraines or headaches, respiratory illness, anxiety, and heart burn.
And lastly, safety presentations provide employees simple methods for preventing back pains without affecting their productivity. Here are some examples:
•Keep the abdominal muscles strong and flexible by exercising every day.
•Maintain good posture. Keeping a good posture is all about having your shoulders aligned with your ears while the shoulder blades are retracted.
•Interventions or practice of meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, as well as osteopathic and chiropractic manipulations, help sufferers manage lower back pain.
•Sleeping and resting properly helps the body keeps up with the demands of daily tasks.
As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent back pains by being informed.