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Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain

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 Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain


Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain


Back pain have become a very common issue among most of the individuals specially those who are getting involved in blue collar duties (manual labor force).  But this is not a big issue as there are diverse relief options available to get rid of from back ache. Relief options available including muscle relaxant depend on the severity level and the financial capability if the individual.

Low back ache is identified as the oldest job-related spinal health issue in the past and this is a very popular work related complain coming from adults. Due to this back ache problem roughly around 15 million individuals visit the general physicians every year. Approximately about $25 billion of a cost required to spend annually in order to treat this back ache problem. As a result of this muscle relaxant industries and back pain reliefs are raising in leaps and bounds.


Millions of individuals around the world are suffering from low back pain which is a skeletal and muscular sickness. More than the individuals who are involve in white collar jobs, blue collar job workers who are involving with heavy manual jobs are prone to this low back pain problem. Mainly the workers who are working in the construction field easily get affected with low back ache distress. This heath issue results high absenteeism in work and it leads to productivity drop off. The worst aspect of this back ache issue is it may lead to various other critical health issues.


Use the below mentioned symptoms to identify what sort of a severity level you hold with your back pain.

If the back pain lasts for

  • 2 – 6 weeks it’s in acute condition
  • 6 – 12 weeks it’s in sub-acute condition
  • over 12 weeks it’s in chronic condition


By now this low back pain is not considered to be a very serious problem, because there are enough types of treatments available to heal this ache in which ever the severity. Muscle relaxant is identified as one of the finest ways to bring relief from back ache. With use of this muscle relaxant one can experience the relief so instantly. Any way before you use any product or go for any treatment option consulting your doctor is paramount.


The affected individuals can follow few of the following remedies too in order to obtain a relief from the back ache.


  • Avoid bed rest as much as possible.
  • While involving with usual activities refrain from sudden bending and turning.
  • Get a massage
  • Biofeedback
  • Injections direct to the back
  • Corsets and Back Belts
  • acupuncture
  • Traction treatments
  • Obtain treatments from a specialized doctor
  • Use of pain killers
  • Spinal treatments
  • For 5 to 10 minutes use of cold packs or heating padson the painful area.


Back pain at workplace may cause due to many reasons:

  • Lifting heavy loads
  • Sudden bends and falls
  • Despite of these family problems
  • Stress at work and any distressing situations too may be the causes for back aches.

There are many scientific studies related to this connection between heavy workload and lumbar pain:

  • Heavy physical work and low back pain: the reality in urban cleaning. Authors: Pataro SM, Fernandes Rde C. Abstract: Low back pain (LBP) is a major public health issue. There is lack of research on this disorder affecting urban cleaning workers. A cross-sectional study was conducted to describe the prevalence of LBP, occupational and extra-occupational characteristics, as well as associated factors in these workers…
  • Smoking, heavy physical work and low back pain: a four-year prospective study. Authors: Eriksen W, Natvig B, Bruusgaard D. Abstract: Data from a community-based four-year prospective study were used to test the hypothesis that heavy physical work is a stronger predictor of low back pain in smokers than in non-smokers. Of 708 working responders without low back pain during the entire year …
  • Low Back Pain, Lifestyle Factors and Physical Activity: a Population-Based Study. Authors: Christina Björck-van Dijken, RPT, MS, Anncristine Fjellman-Wiklund, RPT, PhD and Christer Hildingsson, MD, PhD. Abstract: Low back pain (LBP) is a major public health problem in society, which causes considerable disability and use of health services.
    The total cost of LBP in the USA exceeds 100 billion dollars per year. Most published studies on the epidemiology of back pain are from North America, Great Britain and other parts of Europe. Surveys show different prevalence rates. Point prevalence ranges from 12% to 33%, 1-year prevalence from 22% to 65% and life-time prevalence from 11% to 84%. Thus, these various studies are not directly comparable due to the different nature of the questions used in each study, rather than the differences among the people studied.

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