The Shocking Truth Behind Disability Claims and Low Back Pain
Many employers don’t realize the seriousness of low back pain in their employees. A recent study shows nearly one-third of work-related disabilities have to do with low back pain, either directly or indirectly. The severity of the pain varies from person to person, but most people agree it can negatively impact the quality of performance in the workplace. Some advanced pain management programs can help, but sometimes the damage is already done. Let’s take a look at what causes lower back pain and how you as an employer can help prevent the pain for your employees and reduce disability claims.
Causes of Low Back Pain
The causes of low back pain can range from sudden unexpected motion or loading, fatigue, age, obesity and routine movements in the job. Some of these causes are also interchangeable and can be the result of low back pain as well. People who undergo some kind of active spine care generally do not have pain as severe or frequently as others experience. The causes of low back pain differ in people, but it usually happens in some form in many employees, especially those who are not active.
Psychological Effects of Low Back Pain
Having nagging back pain can cause people to become depressed, stressed or anxious. Not only do these factors reduce the quality of their personal life, but it can also make them less productive at work. Doing back exercise or stretches throughout the day can help with the physical and psychological effects, by reducing the the severity of pain, which in turn helps psychologically. Including a short program at your office could help improve the mental state of your employees, which will increase productivity.
Preventing or Reducing Low Back Pain
Scientific research shows an active spine care program implemented in your company can reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Just a few minutes each day could be enough to prevent larger issues from occurring, including missed time due to the pain. It’s almost certain some of your employees will experience some sort of back pain so being proactive could save your company time and money in the long run.
Be sure to contact us if you’ve ever thought about helping your employees who suffer from low back pain and preventing further recurrences. We can help reduce disability claims and ensure you are getting the maximum productivity out of your employees.