Back pain is common amongst many professions in Lake County. What types of back pain a worker suffers, whether it is lower back pain, middle back pain or upper back pain, depends on the motions their jobs require on a daily basis. The following is a brief overview of some types of professions where back injuries are common.
Back injuries in the nursing industry
Nurses and those who work in nursing homes have a high risk of suffering a back injury. One report states that 80% of the back injuries suffered by nurses and nursing home workers are due to lifting or moving patients. These workers often must lift, carry, push, pull and turn as they transfer patients to beds, during toileting and while bathing patients.
Back injuries amongst warehouse workers
If you work in a warehouse you may have to lift or move heavy objects, sometimes while in an awkward position. Some warehouse workers must operate heavy machinery that vibrates their entire body. Any of these activities, performed regularly, can lead to back injuries.
Back injuries amongst store clerks
Those who work in checkout lines at grocery stores are generally required to stand in the same place their entire shift. They also must bag items and lift these bags, some of which can be quite heavy. One article reports that over half of all checkout workers experience back pain at some point in their career.
Back injuries can be debilitating
Back injuries can be debilitating, keeping you stuck on the couch in pain and unable to work for an extended period of time. Not earning your normal wages can quickly lead to financial catastrophe. No one wants to have to make difficult decisions about which bills to pay each month. Fortunately, Lake County workers who suffer a back injury on-the-job may be able to pursue workers’ compensation benefits to help them through a financially difficult time so they can focus on recovery and getting back into the workplace.