You Shouldn’t Have to Experience Pain in the Workplace

If you are experiencing pain as a result of a workplace injury, take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone. Workplace pain affects millions of workers and ends up costing their employers billions each year in workmen’s compensation claims and in lost productivity.

Sadly, many occupations can place significant demands on your body, especially your back, shoulders and neck. And you don’t have to be a nurse, a construction worker or a factor worker to be at risk for workplace pain. Even routine office work can sometimes result in back pain and other work-related issues.

Lost Work Days

About 186 million work days are lost each year due to back pain alone. This has a profound effect on productivity and labor costs.

And while back pain is the most common type of workplace injury, other risks include overexertion, falls and repetitive motion injuries.

In 2012, the Liberty Mutual insurance company conducted a workplace safety study. They determined that the cost of the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses totaled $51.1 billion per year in the form of workmen’s compensation expenses. That’s nearly $1 billion per week!

Contributing Factors

In another study, the Mayo Clinic took a look at the most common factors that contributed to workplace pain:

Force – Lifting and moving heavy objects can exert too much force on your back, resulting in injury.
Repetition – When you repeat certain movements over and over again, it can easily lead to muscle fatigue and injury. This is especially true if you are stretching to the limit of your range of motion or utilizing an awkward body position.
Posture – Muscle fatigue and injury also can be caused by slouching, which exaggerates your back’s natural curves.
Stress – Pressure at work can increase your anxiety. This has been directly linked to muscle tension and tightness, which can then cause back pain or make back injuries even worse.
Side Effects of Workplace Injuries

Lower back pain and other workplace injuries can affect other areas of your life. Many people with workplace injuries return to work even though they are in pain because they feel their career or jobs may be threatened if they report their pain.

Others are anxious about whether their injury will prevent them from continuing to hold a job. And others spend so much time dealing with flare-ups and treating their injuries on their own, that they ignore other important aspects of their lives, such as their families and social life.

Chiropractic Care and Workplace Injuries

Nobody should have to experience pain in the workplace. If you have had a workplace injury, one options you should consider is chiropractic care. By gently manipulating the spine so that it returns to its normal state, our medical professionals can relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in no time.

If you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a workplace injury, contact us today for your free chiropractic consultation. Our expert chiropractic medical professionals can tell you if chiropractic treatments are a good option for treating your pain.

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Peter Halvorson, DC

Dr. Peter Halvorson has been involved in ‘non-pharmaceutical’ healthcare also known as Alternative and Complementary Medicine (CAM) since the late 1970’s when as a teenager he studied foot reflexology and explored a vegetarian diet. He discovered Chiropractic healthcare as a patient in his twenties, has been a Massage Therapist since 1993 and recently completed a three and half year program for his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Since then he has realized the great importance of a healthy brain and neurological system. Chiropractic is essentially neurologically based, and the burgeoning neurological research of the past twenty years has shown that we must move from ‘pain and chasing symptoms’ to ‘brain health and finding cause’ as this is truly the source of a capable immune system and a sound physical body. Dr. Halvorson has worked with Olympic athletes, a World Cup ski racer, and has himself been a top ten triathlete and age group competitor in running and Nordic ski events. He is particularly fond of Chiropractic, as through its care he has avoided three ‘recommended’ surgeries, yet continues to enjoy a mobile, pain free life. His outdoor pursuits include Alpine and backcountry skiing, trail running, Nordic skiing, kayaking, and mountain adventures in Colorado, Asia, and South America. Dr. Halvorson has led a colorful and adventurous life, having travelled the world through 24 countries and many continents; from McMurdo Station, Antarctica to Mt. Denali in Alaska, and from Tibet to Paris. He has also studied and practices yoga, and completed several months’ long meditation retreats. Along the way he has met extraordinary people, cultures and ideals and through these experiences he brings a wealth of knowledge, both studied and experienced, to his unique outlook on healthcare. He marvels at the amazing ability of the human body to perform, recover, change and heal. He is happy to share this knowledge and guide you on your own path towards a productive, mobile, pain free life.