Back Pain Attack
A back pain attack is an attack of back pain that is acute and severe enough to disrupt your life. Though most cases of acute back pain are sprain and strain type injuries that will resolve on their own, they are likely to occur again at some point in your life. If you have had one attack of back pain in the past, you will be 3-4 times more likely to have a second attack in your lifetime. Though it may be discouraging to read this statistic, it should also be known that back and neck pain rarely become chronic and consistent problems, and there are things that you can to lengthen the time period between outbreaks.
Back and neck pain is a problem that both patients and their employers must deal with, in terms of days spent away from work and lost productivity. Back pain affects the people who suffer from them, and it is also a problem for managed care organizations, health insurance companies, and anyone else who has to cover the costs of back surgery, hospital stays, and subsequent physical rehabilitation.
Back pain is second to the common cold in lost workdays, and it is the most prevalent and expensive of all on-the-job injuries. One out of every three workplace injuries is a neck or back injury. Many neck and back injuries result in short-term and long-term disability claims, which employers have to partially cover the cost of. Also to consider is the fact that many patients who require disability only get a portion of what they were pain in their employment position.
Most of the costs associated with back injuries are associated with lost work time. Disability payments amount to about three times as much as the cost of medical care. Though estimated vary, it is estimated the annual costs associated with back pain are between $20-100 billion.
Back pain is not a problem that only the elderly suffer from. It may occur in people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. In fact, over 80 percent of all people deal with this type of pain at some point in their life. Research data indicates that among 18-55 year olds, one in people experience back pain in a given year. Spine problems are the most common cause of disability on people under the age of 45.
Back pain, unlike other medical conditions, does not appear to run in families. This is a problem that can affect people of all ages, activity levels, occupations, and body types.
Do certain occupations predispose people to back pain? Might my job put me at a higher risk? The answer is a soft yes. Certain jobs require the type of awkward movements and lifting techniques that strain the soft tissues of the lower back. Any work motions that involve lifting and twisting put you at a higher risk. Jobs that especially put people at a higher risk are those which require people to lift and turn while in a bent over position. By now, most us known that we should lift with our arms and not our backs, but sometimes some of us have jobs that require us to work in less than ideal work environments. Garbage collectors have to do a lot of lifting and twisting as they throw their backs into the trash bins. Nurses and X-ray technicians have the highest rates of back pain in the hospitals due to the constant lifting requirements related to their job responsibilities. Nursing often requires the lifting and transport of heavy patients. Workers in the trucking businesses, who have to scoop and throw heavy objects, are at an increased risk.
By this point, you may think that it is only the people who are in the heavy labor jobs who are likely to strain their backs at work. In fact, workers who have to sit and remain stationary for long periods of the day also have a high rate of back pain attack. Sitting for long periods of time has actually been shown to put more pressure on the lumbar spine than standing and walking. These jobs include office workers and those who work on assembly lines. If possible, you should take brief work breaks every ten minutes to stand and stretch your back on order to try to avoid having a back problem down the line.