A workplace back injury could cause chronic pain that may impact your quality of life. For example, it could make it difficult to sit for long periods of time or fall asleep at night. Fortunately, there are several steps that you may be able to take to reduce the risk of hurting your back while performing tasks for your California employer.
Use proper technique
When lifting heavy objects, you should bend and lift with your legs instead of your back. It’s also important that you lift an object straight up to avoid twisting or bending that could result in a pulled or strained muscle. If an object is too heavy to lift on your own, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. It may also be a good idea to ask for help in transporting objects that are irregularly shaped and harder to get a decent grip on. It’s important to note that you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if you get hurt because you didn’t ask for help moving a heavy object.
Take care of your body
You may be able to reduce the risk of back sprains or strains by stretching on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to engage in exercises designed to strengthen your core muscles as they can make it easier to lift without putting too much strain on your back. Furthermore, make sure to keep your back in proper alignment while sitting or sleeping.
If you are injured at work, you should report it to your employer right away and then see a doctor as soon as possible. Seeking treatment quickly may make it possible to get a timely diagnosis, which may improve your long-term prognosis.