Injury Archives: Back Pain
Here's some info from the June 1999 issue of Total Wellness: "Back
pain is the second most common cause of missed work days. It's also
the leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 19
and 45. And, it's the number one impairment involved in occupational
They have several suggestions for reducing the risk of chronic
- Maintain good posture
- Exercise regularly - They mention running and swimming as being
particularly good for the back.
- Make changes in your house so that you don't have to stoop or
twist as often.
- Make changes at the office to make it more ergonomically correct,
including having your chair at the correct height, having a small
cushion at the small of your back, and taking frequent walk breaks.
- Lift properly - Bending your knees is important, but also remember
to find out the weight of the object beforehand, make sure there
is a clear path to where you need to go, and get help if you need
From Total Wellness, June 1999, Volume VII, Number 6, page 5
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