One of the main causes of work-related injuries that lead to disability is lower back pain from sitting all day.
You sit at a desk all day typing away and so you have no risk of injury while on the job, right? You might be surprised to know that those who sit in front of a computer all day are at high risk of work-related disabilities due to the nature of their daily work routines.
A high number of work-related claims made to workers compensation insurance come from those who suffer injuries due to sitting for a good majority of the day. In fact, one of the main causes of work-related injuries that lead to disability is lower back pain from sitting all day. It’s not just about back pain, sitting all day can lead to neurological issues and can also adversely affect your overall health.
Studies also show that even those who work to keep themselves healthy by exercising and stretching before and after work, suffer from a high rate of chronic lower back pain due to sitting for extended periods of time.
Chronic Illnesses from Sitting
It isn’t just that sitting for extended periods of time in front of a computer leading to lower back pain, a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk for other chronic conditions like heart attack, obesity, and even the potential for a shorter lifespan.
Repetitive and Related Injuries
The risk of repeat and wear-and-tear injuries increases for those who sit in front of a computer for most of the day. Because most people who sit at their desk hold their bodies in the same position for hours on end, it puts a strain on overused muscles.
Staring at a computer typing all day can also lead to eye strain and chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, which can hinder work performance. Although more difficult to prove, in some instances, those who suffer from chronic diseases, or wear and tear injuries, can claim workers’ compensation.
Proving Your Work Injury
If you sit all day at work, you should know that, even if you take precautions to stretch and exercise to override the damage from a sedentary lifestyle, you may still be at risk of damaging your body.
If you are experiencing lower back pain or have a chronic condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, it is possible to claim workers’ compensation. To have your claim approved, contact a St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney to help plead your case and protect your workers’ compensation eligibility.
For more than 20 years, the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann has been helping injured workers receive the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Call us today at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form to request a free consultation.