Did you know that back problems are responsible for one-third of all Australian workplace injuries?!
Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks, or lifting heavy weights – both common features of many work environments. After headaches and colds, back pain is the third most common reason for taking off work Back, neck and spinal problems are also big contributors to lost productivity in the workplace, and many Australians suffer at work as a result of incorrect posture, extended computer use and poor ergonomics.
Low back pain is one of the most common causes of disability among people of working age, and its impact on the industry is enormous… The specific work-related physical activities that have been hypothesized to be associated with the onset of low back symptoms include: lifting heavy weights, bending and twisting…[and] working in the same position for long periods of time
Lavelle, P. (2005). Fact File: Back pain. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2005/04/24/1829000.htm
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Employment and Physical Work Activities as Predictors of Future Low Back Pain. SPINE, 22(10), 1143-1149.