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Back pain, strain or injury can happen when you least expect it-bending, lifting, twisting the wrong way, sitting hunched at a computer or even stepp ...

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Is your workplace a pain in the back? Back pain and injury a common workplace issue

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(NC)-Back pain, strain or injury can happen when you least expect it-bending, lifting, twisting the wrong way, sitting hunched at a computer or even stepping out of your vehicle after a long day of driving. Over 80 per cent of Canadians experience back pain sometime in their lives; the majority as a result of what they do for a living. From physical labour, like construction and painting, to office work and truck driving, employees in almost every industry are at risk for back pain, strain or injury.

"People who perform physical labour for a living find that a great deal of their day-to-day tasks involve using the muscles in their back. Improper lifting or moving the wrong way can easily lead to back strain or injury," says Dr. Clark Mills, president of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. "If that strain or injury isn't managed or treated quickly it can lead to serious pain and the inability to perform regular everyday activities."

People who sit for extended periods of time are also at risk. Sitting in a chair that doesn't provide proper back support or hunching over a keyboard can cause back strain and long-term back problems. Avoid unnecessary strain and stress on your body by positioning your chair, keyboard and computer monitor at optimal settings for your height and working style.

Since there are many ways to injure or strain your back at work, examine your work environment and activities to assess your risk for job-related back strain or injury. If you find your job contains risk factors, consider ways to reduce your risk.

"Sometimes it's a matter of modifying tasks, like changing the way you bend to lift, or taking more frequent breaks from sitting," states Dr. Mills. One of the best ways to prevent back pain and injury is to ensure your back muscles and core muscle group are strong. Just like professional athletes, everyone's back muscles require regular maintenance to keep them flexible and strong.

If you do experience back pain or injury, consult a chiropractor who can assess and treat your injury and get you back on your feet and back to work. More information on this topic is available online at www.albertachiro.com.

Credit: www.newscanada.com