Is Your Job Causing Your Back Pain?

Back pain is almost as common as headache pain, and the most common work-related disability according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s expensive too, costing sufferers billions of dollars each year. The lower back, or lumbar region, is the most common area for back pain.

Few people are immune to back pain, but if you’re in poor physical condition, overweight, a smoker or getting older, you’re more likely to experience lower back pain. Certain types of physical activities cause back pain if done awkwardly or unsafely, such as pulling, pushing, lifting and twisting. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that sitting at a desk all day can also cause back pain. The Mayo Clinic reports that factors that cause back pain at work include force, repetition, and posture. Depending on what you do to make a living, you could be at a greater risk for developing back pain. Here are some jobs commonly associated with back pain, and some tips on how to combat the pain.

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