New Causes for Back Pain? Low back pain, more commonly associated with jobs involving physical labor, is now striking an increasing number of white-collar workers. Usually associated with heavy lifting, turning, bending and repetitive motions, back pain is becoming a plague among those who lift nothing heavier than a stapler. While workplace design and employee fitness are factors in office workers developing neck and back injuries, an overlooked element is the psychosocial factor — how positive a person’s mental outlook is, and especially how much they like their career. Instead of taking drugs to reduce the symptoms, more and more recommendations involve reducing the amount of stress and taking steps to increase job satisfaction. Experts say that up to 80 percent of adults will seek treatment for work-related neck or back pain at some point in their career. In order to help cope with everyday stress, take advantage of stress relieving outlets like recreational and social groups. These types of group activities have been shown to measurably reduce stress levels by freeing your mind from the daily responsibilities we encounter. Taking time to decompress can go a long way in regards to your spinal health. Also important is getting your spine evaluated for bio-mechanical dysfunction attributed from our work environment and responsibilities. Call today for a consultation and an opportunity to speak with one of our doctors about returning to peak physical and mental condition!
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