More than 85 per cent of the working population will experience back-related injuries or conditions and Health Canada estimates that musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, cost society $16.4 billion in treatment, rehabilitation and lost-time costs. In Alberta, back injuries in the workplace account for more than 25 per cent of all Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) lost-time claims.
With North American Occupational Health and Safety Week coming up this month, we’re looking at workplace risks.
One of the biggest concerns in the workplace is lifting and loading. When you lift something, the load on your spine increases and your spine can only bear so much before it is injured. Research shows that cumulative loading - repeating the same load-bearing activity over a period of time - poses just as much of a risk.
Injuries from lifting, loading, pulling or pushing can happen to anyone in any industry.
What really does an everyday stunt person do?
It’s a turkey-taking-out-of-the-oven, newspaper-picking-up, baby-loading-in-the-car, lawn-mowing and, well, everyday situation kind of gig.
Being an everyday stunt person is cool. It’s hip. It’s something not everyone can do. OR IS IT?
Is your office a pain?
No, we’re not talking about not enough parking, office gossip or not enough space in the lunchroom. What we’re asking is if your office ergonomics are causing physical strain on your body.
Each year close to one million Albertans find relief from pain and lead healthier, more active lives thanks to chiropractic care. Alberta’s licensed Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractors, are specifically educated and trained to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions related to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system.