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Back To Health Family Chiropractic: Lifting and Workplace Hazards

Back To Health Family Chiropractic in Fort Worth is all about keeping our patients healthy and pain-free. We are here to help our patients with pain management and wellness. Understanding how accidents and injuries occur, and how to manage our bodies in order to mitigate pain and injuries lead to healthier lives and pain-free living. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that the leading cause of workplace injuries has been related to lifting heavy items. OSHA has many resources available to employers and to the general public that can improve work ergonomics statistics.

The Mayo Clinic reports that back pain is a worldwide leading cause of disability. Upper and lower back pain are common and preventable. Some common causes of back pain are attributable to:

  • Muscle strain from abrupt movement or repetitious heavy lifting
  • Disc rupture or bulging discs
  • Arthritis and spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis or other skeletal irregularities
  • Compression fractures related to osteoporosis

Work Ergonomics

  • Sedentary office jobs aren’t without hazard. Poorly arranged workstations can lead to back, neck, hand, elbow, and wrist pain as well as headaches.
    • Adjustments to chair height can improve posture. Seat height, angle, and backrest position can also impact the musculoskeletal system.
    • Keyboard height and angle can affect the wrist and arm health.
    • The monitor position can affect the back, neck, and shoulder comfort.
  • If you lift heavy objects:
    • Bend at the knees when lifting. Use your legs rather than your back.
    • Wear proper footwear.
    • Use supportive back braces.
    • Check the Protect IU site at Indiana University for more healthy lifting techniques at a job site.

The University of North Carolina’s Office of Institutional Integrity and Risk Management offers numerous tips on hazard mitigation. Find out more about lifting principles and proper posture in order to minimize your risk of injury. If you are experiencing pain, Dr. Chris Michlin, our Board-Certified Atlas Orthogonist at Back To Health Family Chiropractic in Fort Worth are available to help you return to wellness. Our family-owned and operated facility has been helping families and supporting spinal health since 2006. We invite you to contact us through our website for more information or to schedule your visit.

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