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Do you suffer from work-related back pain? Well, you aren't alone. Millions of men and women experience chronic back pain caused by their job or occupation. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to prevent work-related back pain, which we're going to reveal in this blog post.

#1) Choose an Ergonomic Chair

Contrary to popular belief, back pain affects more than just workers who stand on their feet all day; it can also affect workers who sit at a desk for eight or more hours a day. If the latter rings true, consider investing in a new ergonomic chair with lower back (lumbar) support.

#2) Maintain Correct Posture

It's also important to maintain correct posture when working. Whether you are sitting or standing, you should keep your back straight with little-to-no curvature. Arching your back will only strain your spine and its supporting structures, which in turn causes pain and other associated problems.

#3) Invest in New Shoes

When was the last time that you treated yourself to a new pair of work shoes? Many workers wear the same shoes day after day, only replacing them when they finally break. If your work shoes are old, they may lack the necessary support to protect against back pain.

#4) Lift with Your Legs

We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that you should always lift with your legs, not your back. Unfortunately, many workers have a tendency to lift objects by bending their back. This curves the spine, increasing the risk of muscle strains and subsequent pain. A better approach is to bend your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor, at which point you can grab the object and extend your legs back out.

#5) Stay Active

I know this is easier said than done, especially when you already suffer from back pain, but try to get into the habit of staying active. Workers who are physically active and always "moving" are less likely to experience back pain.

Following these tips should help to protect against back pain. Of course, the most important thing is to listen to your body. If you feel pain, inflammation or limited mobility, talk with your primary care physician.

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