On the Job Back Injuries
Back pain and back injury are the second highest cause of missed workdays behind headaches. Common on the job back injuries include:
- Muscle strain: When muscle fibers are damaged from being over-stretched or torn.
- Lumbar sprain: When the ligaments in the back are stretched or torn.
- Hernaited or ruptured disc: When one of the spine’s discs ruptures, causing the jelly-like center of the disc to leak into surrounding tissue, irritating the nerves.
- Slipped disc (Spondylolisthesis): When a defect or fracture in the wing-shaped part of the vertebra causes the vertebra to slip backward, forward, or over the bone below.
- Nerve damage (cervical radiculopathy): Damage or disturbance of nerve function that results if one of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae is compressed. Damage to nerve roots in the cervical area can cause pain, weakness, and the loss of sensation in the neck, arms, or shoulders, depending on where the damaged roots are located.
More often than not, back injuries that occur on the job happen over time, rather than in a single traumatic injury. Pay attention to your body and be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms of a back injury:
- Sharp pain
- Dull pain
- Pain that comes and goes
- Hot, inflamed feeling
- Unusual tightness
- Unusual muscle weakness or fatigue
If you have any signs or symptoms of a back or lumbar injury that occurred on the job, immediately file a report with your employer and see a physician to make sure your injury is documented. Be sure to keep a copy of the report for yourself.
If your back injury is severe enough to keep you out of work, call McAleer Law to help with your worker’s compensation case.