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Back injuries commonly sustained in the workplace

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2023 | Workers' compensation |

Many types of jobs in Kentucky can leave people suffering from back or spine injuries. Some professions make workers more vulnerable to these issues. These are the most common workplace spine and back injuries.

Lower back strain or sprain

A work-related back injury can easily cause an employee enough pain to warrant filing for workers’ compensation. One of the most common of such injuries is lower back strain or sprain. Workers who stand for long hours or sit for seven or more hours each day can develop pain and strain in their lower backs. Those who have to perform heavy lifting and constantly move back and forth can suffer a back sprain.

Disc problems

Workers can suffer herniated, bulging or slipped discs in their upper, middle or lower backs. These injuries more often occur when an employee does strenuous work such as heavy lifting, bending or straining. However, those who drive a vehicle for a living can also suffer disc injuries if involved in an accident. When a disc between vertebrae is damaged or pushed out of place, it prevents shock absorption in the area, causing severe pain and a limited range of motion.

Pinched nerve

Another problem that can occur when a disc in the back moves out of place is a pinched nerve. Depending on the location of the injury, pain may radiate from the back down to the legs. Physical therapy and medication might help bring some relief.

Spinal fracture

One of the most serious workplace back injuries is a spinal fracture. They develop due to trauma and are more common in individuals who drive, play sports or perform risky work like construction. However, even office employees can sustain this type of injury after a slip-and-fall accident.

Degenerative disc disease

Although degenerative disc disease occurs due to wear and tear with age, workers are susceptible to this injury if they experience a workplace accident. Such an incident can exacerbate an existing condition, making it impossible to continue working.

Back and spine injuries are serious; seeking medical attention is crucial.