Studies from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project found that low back pain is the number-one cause of disability worldwide. Why, exactly, is it so common? Things we do in our daily lives, no matter how small, can actually cause big problems for our backs. We've put together the 5 main culprits of low back pain:
- Your Bag: Carrying your backpack or briefcase over your shoulder won't hurt your back, right? Wrong. It's your lower back that supports the upper body. So that overstuffed bag that you carry can put strain on it, especially if you carry it every day.
- Your Workout: Overdid it at the gym or the golf course? This is one of the most common causes of overextended muscles leading to low back pain. You're particularly vulnerable if you are inactive during the work week and then overdo it on the weekend.
- Your Posture: Your back supports weight best when you don't slouch. When you're sitting, make sure to keep your shoulders back. Let your feet sit flat on the floor; not tucked under your chair.
- Herniated Disc: The vertebrae in your spine are cushioned by gel-like discs. These discs are prone to wear and tear from aging or injuries. If a disc ruptures or bulges, it can put pressure on the spinal nerve roots. This leads to – you guessed it – intense pain in your lower back.
- Your Job: This is one of the most common causes of low back pain. If your job involves lifting, pulling, or anything that twists the spine, it can contribute to back pain. Check out these tips for avoiding a heavy lifting accident at work. Sitting at a desk all day comes with risks, too – especially if your chair is uncomfortable or you tend to slouch.
If you have back pain from a NJ work injury or occupational exposure, it's a good idea to have a Sussex County Workers' Compensation lawyer on your side. Manfred Ricciardelli has been through this before. He will help you understand your rights and get you the benefits you deserve. You may be entitled to fully paid medical care, pay for lost time at work, or a cash settlement for your injuries. To schedule a free, one-on-one consultation, contact us at 973-285-1100.