Back pain has been identified as the most common cause of activity limitation in adults under 45 years of age, and is second only to arthritis among people between 45 and 65 years of age.
Back Pain Causes
- Incorrect lifting
- Lifting an object which is too heavy for you
- Lifting from stooped/bent-over posture (lifting with backs and not with legs)
- Twisting with a heavy load
- Repetitive lifting
- Poor posture
Mostly they are all ‘over-doing it’ affecting our backs. It could be a single action (trying to lift a very heavy load) or repeated actions that just become too much and eventually you’re injured by eg: picking up a pen while bending over. So, before we get to the first aid treatment, let’s think about prevention – it’s an important aspect of safety training after all.
Back Pain Prevention
You will have heard before, “lift with your legs” and “keep a straight back” – although it would be better to say “keep your back in its natural position”.
Back Pain Treatment
- Apply cold – an ice-pack (wrapped) will work well. (On for 20 min. Off for 10 min. repeat)
- Have the person complete a ‘range of movement’ assessment
- If there are no problems, continue the ice & consider return to work/light duties
- If you’re in the workplace, remember your documentation!
How do you handle back pain and prevention?