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Back Injury

Whether it's dull and annoying or screaming for attention, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. Many occupations, such as Nursing, Construction or Factory work, place significant demands on your back. Even routine office work can worsen back pain if you fall into risky habits. But you can avoid back pain and injuries by paying attention to what causes them and focusing on prevention.

Doctors and scientists aren't sure about all of the causes of Back Injury. In fact, most back problems are probably the result of a combination of factors. Some factors, such as family history, aren't preventable. Other factors, such as weight, fitness and flexibility, can be controlled by changing your lifestyle. Still other factors are work related, and you may or may not be able to modify these to prevent personal injury.

Four Work-Related factors are associated with increased risk of Back Injury:

Force. Exerting too much force on your back may cause injury. If your job is physical in nature, you might face injury if you frequently lift or move heavy objects.

Repetition. Repetition refers to the number of times you perform a certain movement. Overly repetitious tasks can lead to muscle fatigue or injury, particularly if they involve stretching to the end of your range of motion or awkward body positioning.

Posture. Posture refers to your position when sitting, standing or performing a task. If, for instance, you spend most of your time in front of a computer, you may experience occasional aches and pains from sitting still for extended periods of time. On average, your body can tolerate being in one position for about 20 minutes before you feel the need to adjust.

Stress. Pressures at work or at home not only ratchet up your stress level but can lead to muscle tension and tightness, which may in turn lead to back pain.

How to avoid injuries

Your best bet in preventing Back Injury is to be as fit as you can be and take steps to make your work and your working environment as safe as possible.

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