Back injuries and pain in your spine can be a real problem for many people in the UK. These problems can be caused by everyday jobs, either at home or at work and can leave people unable to do even the basic of tasks due to the pain they are experiencing.

We’ve looked at some of the common causes of back injuries and pain

Sitting for too long:

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can put extra pressure on your spine and result in you experiencing back pain. Some jobs require you to sit down for long periods of time, such as in an office environment.

What you should do:

Try to stand up at least once an hour and walk around to stretch your spine. Ensure you have a good posture whilst sat down, sitting up straight with your head looking forward. A chair with good lumbar support may help you, and positioning your chair so your feet are flat on the ground facing forward.

Heavy lifting:

Lifting, dragging or pulling heavy objects at work or at home could result in you sustaining a back injury. Repetitive movements can also cause problems with your back. In 2014/15 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that 44% of work related illnesses were in relation to musculoskeletal disorders.

What you should do:

If you are required to lift heavy objects as part of your job, you should be provided with manual handling training to show you the correct way to lift heavy objects. Alternatively, equipment should be provided to aid you in the lifting of heavy objects where necessary. You should make sure that you bend your knees and hips when lifting to avoid putting too much strain on your back. Try to avoid twisting or turning your body when lifting or holding a heavy object.

Long distance driving:

This is linked to sitting for too long. Driving for long periods of time will mean that your spine has a lot of pressure on it. You are also sat in the same position for a long time without moving your back and stretching the spine.

What you should do:

Try to stop regularly to take breaks. Ensure you are sat in a good posture, with your back at a  90-degree angle and ensure you do not have to stretch to reach the steering wheel or pedals.

Wearing the wrong shoes:

Both high heels and flip flops can add extra strain to your spine and result in back pain. These shoes can cause instability in your feet and can have a detrimental effect on your back.

What you should do:

Try not to wear high heels or flip flops if you are planning on walking a long distance or are going to be stood up for a long time.

Freeclaim Solicitors are expert personal injury solicitors with many years’ experience helping people who have sustained a back injury at work or after a road accident.

Our specialist solicitors will fully explore your back injury claim and help with early treatment and rehabilitation. If you are experiencing back pain after an accident, speak to us today on 0800 612 7340. Alternatively, fill in our online back injury contact form and one of the team will call you back.