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Workplace Injury Prevention Tips

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 4.2 million workplace-related illnesses and injuries, musculoskeletal disorders (neck pain, back pain, etc.) accounted for 32 percent and cost employers an estimated $60 billion annually. Given that and in celebration of National Chiropractic Month (October) wed like to share with our patients some useful workplace prevention tips as offered by our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA):

  - While working at a computer, sit with your knees at approximately a 90- to 120-degree angle.  Using an angled foot rest to support your feet may help you sit more comfortably.
  - Make sure your chair fits correctly.  Allow for two inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of your knees.  Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  - When lifting heavy or awkward items, dont lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.  Dont twist your body while lifting.
  - If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.
  - Exercise regularly. Staying physically fit, strong and flexible helps you avoid back injuries.

Furthermore, the ACA added, "The ACA is encouraging employers, government officials and health care executives to consider chiropractic care for the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries. A number of workers compensation studies have shown that the use of chiropractic care for acute and chronic lower-back pain can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care getting employees back on the job in less time than other treatment options. Furthermore, chiropractic can be an effective treatment option for carpal tunnel, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 2, 2006.