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Workers’ compensation and neck and back pain

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2018 | Workplace Injuries |

Most people in Ohio and elsewhere go to work on a weekly basis. While this may be routine, many individuals suffer strains and aches because of the environment they work in. Over time, these minor aches and pains can evolve into a serious medical issue. And in some cases, these workers have to take time off from work to recover from an injury to the neck or back that occurred in the workplace.

Many presume that it is physical labor that causes neck and back pain in employees. However, the reality is that any type of worker in any type of workplace could suffer neck or back pain. For example, office workers spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, causing their body to twist in odd positions, putting one’s feet on the rungs of a chair and hunching his or her back over a computer. This can, over time, cause neck and back injuries.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can put a significant amount of stress on the back and neck. This can increase the stress on the back muscles and the spinal discs as well. A worker is likely to also experience headaches, muscle knots throughout his or her shoulders and lower back pain.

While there are mechanisms to reduce this type of workplace injury, it is important to understand what can be done when a worker suffers a neck or back injury. It may require medical attention and missed days at work. In these cases, it is important to consider workers’ compensation. These benefits could help one get the assistance and resources they need to recover and return to work.