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Protect your back -- listen to what your body tells you

Are you one of the thousands of workers in Nebraska who suffers from chronic back pain? It is not easy to concentrate on your job while dealing with constant dull back pain or stabbing sharp pains. Although back problems can develop in any occupation, industries such as manufacturing, construction and nursing place considerable demands on employees’ backs.

If your job includes manual materials handling that requires you to lift, place, carry, hold and lower objects, you will be susceptible to back injuries. Other causes include repetitive motions that involve the rotation or twisting of your spine and inactivity, which can be equally dangerous. If you spend your work days sitting behind a desk in an inappropriate chair with no back support, you will likely end up with chronic back pain.

How can you prevent back injuries?

Along with living a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise and stretching, there are some steps you can take to protect your back:

Even by taking all these precautions, you might suffer a back injury or develop chronic back pain. The first thing to typically do if facing these circumstances is to seek the necessary medical attention for your condition. You will then be entitled to claim any medical expenses from the workers’ compensation insurance system of Nebraska. If your condition is severe enough to keep you away from work, you might also be compensated for a percentage of lost wages.