Did you know that if back pain makes a person miss four to twelve weeks of work, that person will have a 40% chance of missing work for the next year? When it comes to back pain, we are not fans of the wait and see approach. We encourage professional assessment and early, active intervention.
We take all back pain seriously, but if you ever experience back pain that comes from work, there’s even more reason to assertively address it. Research suggests that occupational low back pain is a different and more serious entity that other low back pain. The onset is often more sudden and subsequent disability happens more frequently. Joblessness is no vacation. It is associated with depression and a host of family problems. Always keep physical therapy in mind for beating back pain long-term.
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