Occupational Back and Neck Pain — It's More Prevalent Than You Might Think

Occupational back and neck pain is a lot more common than you might think. It's not just people in physical jobs like construction who need to be concerned about the potential for occupational back and neck damage. Whether you work at a desk, have to do heavy lifting on the job, or perform repetitive movements, your time at work can leave your back and neck aching. 

At the Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona, Habib Khan, MD treats patients dealing with a range of pain issues, including occupational back and neck pain. 

What puts you at risk?

Lots of jobs can produce backaches or neck aches. For millions around the world, work sites take a toll. The resulting pain can decrease your job performance and lower your quality of life outside of work.

People who work some professions have heightened risk factors for occupational back or neck pain. These professions include:

If you work in one of these industries, make sure you manage the amount of stress you're putting on your spine. Don't lift too much weight, and be careful not to bend or twist when lifting. Stretch frequently, whether you're engaging in repetitive motions or spending hours on your feet or at a desk. 

Lifestyle factors

The way you live outside of work hours can also impact your risk of occupational back or neck damage. Aging is a factor you can't control that often comes with attendant back and neck problems. Factors that you can control include your overall physical condition and weight. Keeping your weight down and your muscle tone up will help protect your back from workday strains.

To lessen your chances of dealing with occupational pain, maintain a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients strengthen all of your bones, and bone damage is a significant cause of back problems. 

Getting enough exercise, with both aerobic and strengthening elements, will improve your muscle tone and additionally may improve your balance, lessening your chances of sustaining back damage during a fall. Quitting smoking will improve your circulation, keeping your spinal discs healthy and reducing your risk of coughing-related back pain.

If you're in pain from actions – or inaction – at work, or are concerned about your risk of developing occupational back and neck pain, contact the Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography today. 

Dr. Khan will discuss your risk factors with you, evaluate your physical condition, and help you find the right combination of treatments and lifestyle modifications to heal and protect your back and keep you pain-free. To schedule your initial consultation appointment, call our Casa Grande office, or use the online booking tool

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