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Back Injury - When Do You Have a Case

Back InjuryMany of us have experienced back pain at some point, ranging from minor strains and pulls to more serious injuries that can be debilitating. Most back injuries can be traced to muscle problems – often times this is due to weak or tense muscles that haven’t been properly stretched, or muscle imbalances that can pull your joints out of alignment.

Back injuries are common for athletes, but they are also a major problem in the workplace, as well. Statistics reveal that back injuries were the second most common ailment suffered in the workplace in 2003 at 16%, and that lower back injuries are the most frequently reported on-the-job injury for white collar workers.

While many back injuries are minor and simply involve muscle strain, others are more serious and can require a course of physical therapy, or, in more extreme cases, your doctor might decide surgery is the best course of action. Back injuries involving slipped or prolapsed discs can cause acute nerve root compression – most commonly known as sciatica. Sciatica, or acute nerve root compression often manifests as pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both of the legs. While this pain is often caused by a herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc or prolapsed disc), it can also be due to disc degeneration, muscle tension, and other conditions. For these more serious injuries, a sports injury specialist or other specialized doctor may be able to pinpoint the cause of the pain in order to effectively treat the injury causing the pain.

In most typical cases, rest is often the most effective treatment when back muscles go into painful spasm. After a few days of taking it easy, beginning a regimen of stretches and exercises to strengthen the lower back, hamstrings and core abdominal muscles can help support the back and prevent future injury. In addition, your doctor may prescribe you NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen.

As is the case with all workplace injuries, if you’ve suffered a back injury while at work, it’s important to report it immediately.

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