5 Ways to Prevent Spine Injuries in the Workplace – Carrollton, TX
Some of the most common workplace injuries affect the spine and its surrounding muscles. These injuries lead to missed work days, lost income, and significant pain, but a chiropractic adjustment can help relieve symptoms and restore function. Whether you work in a warehouse or an office environment, follow these tips from our office Carrollton Injury Rehab & Chiropractic in Carrollton TX to protect your spine from serious workplace injuries.
Lift with the Legs
Instead of bending forward to pick up heavy objects, squat down with your knees and hips bent. Grasp the heavy object firmly and complete the lift by straightening your knees and hips without twisting your back. Carry the object as close to your body as possible to avoid putting extra strain on the spine.
Use Mechanical Lift Devices
Mechanical lifting devices do all the heavy lifting, reducing the workload on your back and protecting you from injuries. If your employer has forklifts, pallet jacks, or other assistive devices, use them whenever possible. Nurses, hospital aides, and other healthcare professionals should use mechanical devices to lift patients and move them between their beds and wheelchairs.
Choose Ergonomic Office Furniture
Heavy lifting isn’t the only risk factor for spine injuries in the workplace. Office workers have an increased of injury due to all the time they spend sitting at their desks each day. If your employer allows you to choose your own office furniture, choose an adjustable chair that conforms to your height and helps you stay comfortable. The chair should support your lower back and allow you to sit with your upper arms parallel to your spine.
Performing the same task over and over again increases the risk for spine injuries. If you have some control over your workload, vary tasks as much as possible. Instead of lifting five heavy objects in a row, lift one object and then work on another task for several minutes. Resting between lifts relieves stress on the back and reduces the risk for injury.
Organize Your Work Area with Safety in Mind
Bending over and reaching above your head to lift both increase the risk of spine injuries, so organize your work area with safety in mind. Keep frequently used items on shelves between your shoulders and waist. Storing heavy objects at this level makes it easier to lift them without putting extra stress on your back. Reserve shelves above your shoulders and below your waist for very light items or items you do not use very often.
Taking these precautions helps reduce the risk of work-related spine injuries, but it doesn’t eliminate the risk entirely. If you have the symptoms of a spine injury, such as back pain, numbness or tingling in the legs, or neck pain, call our office Carrollton Injury Rehab & Chiropractic at 972-428-3905 to schedule a chiropractic evaluation.
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