Everyone has experienced lower back pain at least once, and we all know how uncomfortable and irritating it can be. Trying to manage this while working can be extremely difficult, however there are things employees and employers can do to help!
Although it may seem like strange advice, the best thing you can do is to stay active. You might think that resting will allow your body time to heal itself, but your back is designed for movement and that’s what it likes best. If you work in an office and are frequently seated, try to adopt a dynamic sitting approach and change position frequently (approx. every 20 minut
es). It may also be worth seeking out a Display Screen Assessment (DSE) assessment to see if your work space is set up in a suitable way to minimise the risk of developing musculoskeletal pain. Standerwick Safety Partnership has a team of consulting specialists who can provide external support for occupational health. http://www.standerwicksafety.co.uk/service/specialist-services/occupational-health/
Try to increase your daily physical activities gradually. This can be as simple as walking for 5 minutes longer each day. Hot and cold compression packs may also provide some immediate pain relief if necessary.
It’s important to try and stay at work if your recovery is not impeded by your work. However, if your job entails a lot of heavy lifting, speak to your manager to ensure they are aware of the difficulties you are facing. At this point, it may be worth seeking out professional help, from a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor. Your company may also have an occupational health practitioner who you could be referred to.
Taking care of your health is number one priority, these tips can help you prevent and manage lower back pain while in the workplace.
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