According to the U.S. Department of Labor, back injuries are the number one workplace safety problem. As an employer, this means you should help ensure your employees are not suffering from back pain caused by work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said:
“More than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.”
Orthopedic specialty care highly recommend strength testing workers before putting them in positions that exceed their strength ability and could ultimately affect their lower back. It is important that employees, who will be carrying heavy weights, learn how to utilize lifting techniques that will place minimum stress on their lower back. Workers that are not properly trained or placed in a position without being tested are more likely to hurt their back and need assistance from orthopedic specialists.
If an employee has had an accident involving their back due to a work related situation, U.S. HealthWorks specialty care orthopedics can step in and help the process go smoothly, quickly, and cost efficiently. While it is crucial that employees be provided with the proper information and safety techniques to avoid accidents, if one still occurs, here are a few tips to help them on the road to recovery:
Laying down on your back
- Move ankles up and down (10 times)
- Bend and straighten the knee slowly (10 times)
- Tighten abdominal muscles and lift the straight leg up no more than a foot off the ground for 5 seconds (10 times)
- Put back against the wall
- Walk feet out a foot in front of your body
- Bend knees and sit in a 45 degree angle for 5 second (10 times)
- Put a ball between your lower back and the wall and repeat the above (10 times)
The above will only take about 10 minutes a day and will really help push for an early recovery.
Whether the injured employee needs surgical treatment or simply has a tender back – U.S. HealthWorks orthopedic services will use the latest procedures and technologically advanced equipment to nurse your employee back into shape.
Sources: Back Injuries – Nations’ #1 Workplace Safety Problem, https://ehs.okstate.edu
Low Back Pain Exercise Guide, orthoinfo.aaos.org