Lower back pain is the most common physical disability and can be extremely painful and debilitating. Although it can be difficult to cope with the severe pain it is rarely due to serious disease. Back pain can be exacerbated by many work situations leading to extended periods of pain and absence. Onset can be caused outside of work, or through work related injuries such as heavy lifting or sitting in an office chair.
such as lifting a heavy load and slipping, placing unexpected forces on and around the spine.
- Here the reasonable adjustment may focus on risk management and equipment adaptation to reduce the risk of recurrence and aid rehabilitation.
injury occurs due to a normal, job role related tasks, such as working at a desk and repetitive actions.
- Here the reasonable adjustment may focus on adapting the immediate work environment (ergonomics) to support the individual specifically and improve postural awareness to decrease risk of further injury.
Ergonomic approaches and recommendations must be tailored to the individual dependant on many factors including symptoms, duties, physique and the cause of pain.
There are a wide range of ergonomic interventions that can be recommended to provide support in the workplace. This is often a combination of advice, software and custom made equipment.