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Everything You Need to Know About Workplace Back and Neck Injury

Back and Neck Injury | Gaylord Nantais Lawyer

Workplace back and neck injuries are a leading cause of disability in the United States. They account for billions of dollars in workers’ compensation costs each year.

While many Workplaces’ back and neck injuries result from traumatic accidents, such as falls or car accidents, many more result from repetitive motion and poor ergonomics.

If you are concerned about preventing back and neck injuries at work or already dealing with such an injury, this post is for you. We’ll cover everything from the basics of ergonomics to the most effective treatments for Workplace back and neck injuries.

What are the most common workplace back and neck injuries?

The most common type of workplace back injury is a herniated disc. This occurs when the soft inner material of a disc ruptures through a tear in the disc’s outer casing. Herniated discs can be extremely painful, and they often require surgery to correct.

Other common back and neck injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis

These injuries can range from mild annoyance to debilitating pain. Some may require only conservative treatment, while others may need surgery.

What are the risk factors for developing a workplace back or neck injury?

Several factors can increase your risk of developing a workplace back or neck injury. These include:

Poor ergonomics: This is the number one risk factor for developing a back or neck injury at work. If your Workplace is not set up in an ergonomically correct way, you are much more likely to develop an injury.

Repetitive motion: If your job involves repetitive motions, such as typing or assembly line work, you are at a higher risk of developing a back or neck injury.

Poor posture: If you have poor posture, you are putting unnecessary strain on your spine. This can lead to several injuries, including herniated discs and spinal stenosis.

Obesity: Being overweight or obese puts extra strain on your spine, which can lead to injuries.

Smoking: Smoking decreases blood flow to the discs in your spine, which can lead to degenerative disc disease.

Bad Working Conditions: Working conditions that are cramped, stuffy, or lack proper ventilation can increase the risk of developing a back or neck injury. This is because these conditions can lead to dehydration, which can cause the discs in your spine to deteriorate.

What are the most effective treatments for Workplace back and neck injuries?

The most effective workplace back or neck injury treatment will depend on the specific injury. However, a few treatments are effective for many different types of injuries.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles around your spine, which can help to prevent further injuries. Physical therapy can also help to relieve pain and improve the range of motion.

Chiropractic care: Chiropractic care can help to align your spine, relieving pressure on the nerves. Chiropractic care can also help to improve the range of motion and relieve pain.

Massage: Massage can help to relax the muscles around your spine and relieve pain.

Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a back or neck injury. However, surgery should only be considered as a last resort.

What should you do if you develop a back or neck injury at work?

If you develop a back or neck injury at work, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you have seen a doctor, you should also notify your employer. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and your employer may need to change your workstation or duties to accommodate your injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace back or neck injury, the experienced attorneys at Gaylord and Nantais can help. We will fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation or Call us at (562) 561-2669.


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Thomas M. Nantais

Thomas M. Nantais is the Partner of Gaylord & Nantais, a legal firm specializing in workers’ compensation, in the state of California. This firm deals in getting hearing loss compensation and work related injuries compensation for those who have worked in the state of California. With his sincere efforts, Thomas is committed to meet the highest standards of the legal industry, and aims to provide the clients with an honest and aggressive representation.

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