Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Are your work desk and chair customized to your body? A healthy work environment can keep you comfortable and protect you from injuries. Good ergonomics creates a work environment that fits your body, allowing you to keep up with the demands of your job.
Ergonomics is the science of finding the best fit between the demands of your job and your work environment.
Did you ever get a neckache from holding the phone to your ear with your shoulder instead of your hand? Or how about a backache from lifting too many heavy boxes? These are examples of injuries caused by poor ergonomics.
Whether you work at a desk or in a warehouse, you may find yourself making similar movements or performing similar tasks every day. Over time, holding a phone or lifting boxes daily can cause you discomfort or pain or even develop into more serious health problems. Hundreds of thousands of injuries related to work conditions are reported every year. Many of these could be prevented with proper ergonomics.
Your ability to do your job well and stay healthy may depend on good ergonomics. A healthy workplace has advantages for everyone:
Poor ergonomics, on the other hand, can lead to painful injuries.
Many common workplace injuries are related to poor ergonomics. Common injuries include:
Ideally, taking steps to arrange your work environment to avoid injury will pay off, and you will not experience work-related aches and pains. But if you do feel discomfort or physical awkwardness performing day-to-day tasks, you may need to find the right "fix" before it is too late.
The most common ergonomic issues can eventually result in one or more symptoms:
You may want to consider your ergonomics if you do any of the following activities on a regular basis:
Assessing your workstation can help decrease your risk of injury. In general, good ergonomics involves attention to:
Many companies offer ergonomic assessments. Check with your manager, supervisor, or human resources department to see what options are available to you.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.