Lower Spine Pain: Occupational Hazards Important to your Practice

Lower Spine Pain

Every patient that walks through your door has a different story. They’re young, they’re old, or they’re somewhere in between. Some are single, others are married. No doubt you have patients who are involved in many different occupations, including some that keep them on their feet all day, others that involve sitting at a desk or computer, and still others that involve lots of hard, manual labor.

As a spine specialist, you’ve undoubtedly realized that all of these different lifestyles and work responsibilities can case lower spine pain because, of course, many different factors ignite the pain. However, there are some occupations that are more often than not the root of an individual’s pain, so it’s always a wise idea to inquire as to what your patient does for a living during the first consultation.

The World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease Study addresses what kinds of work cause lower spine pain, in general, causing many to miss work on a regular basis, but studies have shown that the occupations listed below are some of those that trigger the most problems.

  • Landscaping/gardening – There are many aspects of landscaping and gardening that can prompt problems with the spine. Constant kneeling, bending, stooping, reaching – all can be a problem but are certainly necessary to the occupation. Trimming hedges, pruning bushes and trees, digging holes for planting – they all put stress on the back, often caused by repetitive movement.
  • Surgeons/dentists – These medical professionals stand over their patients all day long, often in a bent position that is super hard on the spine. Often, with surgeons in particular, the pain is ignored in an effort to get through long procedures, etc. and it becomes particularly bad long before it’s addressed.
  • Nurses/orderlies, etc. – Hospital personnel that are involved in the task of moving and lifting patients can indeed suffer severe back pain and serious injury. As a matter of fact, studies show that these workers miss work primarily due to lower spine problems and similar complaints.
  • Construction workers – Pulling, carrying, swinging a hammer – all of these things are culprits that cause lower back pain. Standing or bending over for long periods of time is also a problem in construction.
  • Store clerks – Whether or not they stock shelves or deal with inventory, store clerks can develop severe lower spine pain simply because they are required to stand in one place for a very long time. This is particularly true for those who are charged with the task of checking-out customers for several hours in a row, for example.

These are just a few of the occupations that cause the most problem for your patients. There are many more.

As you meet your patients and examine the reason for their lower spine pain, be sure to take the time to explain why it’s happening. Tell them why their workplace habits or duties make them hurt and show them how by using a fully-detailed 3D spine model manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd). The many models offered by ddd offer easy-to-understand explanations for lower spine pain and because the patient can hold and manipulate these lumbar and cervical spine models, the understanding comes quickly and they can then begin to assist themselves by making changes that will help relieve their pain.

Medical professionals who are already using these models have touted the advantages of using them in their practices.

Compared to generic ‘static’ models, your ‘dynamic’ models help us explain the intricate details of each client’s condition in an easier to understand concept that can be catered or customized to each individual client’s needs, whether technical or basic,” says Barry Kluner, DC. “Your models have re-established the vital importance of the doctor / client communication relationship, dramatically bridging the gap for both to have a common understanding of the condition, the process ahead, and the targeted outcomes towards health and wellness for life. Simply perfect.”

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