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How to manage back pain in the workplace

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Did you know, back pain is one of the most common causes of Workcover claims and disability in the workplace?

Recent research on this topic has unlocked some new ideas on why this is the case and Health Stack is here to show you how to manage injuries and prevention – so everyone wins.

There are many causes of back pain. Traditionally we would look at the worker’s back, bones and discs for the clinical problem, and we would also look at the tasks on site to find the cause. This traditional mindset led to thinking that there were only two things that an organisation could do to assist workers with back pain. 

  1. Send them to the Doctor / Physio 
  2. Reduce the challenges of the manual handling tasks 

New research shows that back pain is a multifactorial problem. Causes of back pain can range from:

  1. Physical stress – a sudden increase in workload
  2. Emotional stress – lack of support and feeling undervalued onsite
  3. Home stress – problems with finances, relationships, family members etc
  4. Sleep – not getting enough sleep, your back might get sore
  5. Diet  and alcohol – you are what you eat and drink
  6. Lack of exercise – if you don’t move it you lose it

How are you supporting wellness in the workplace?

Organisations can play an important role in reducing the prevalence of back pain by supporting employees and giving them time and access to trained healthcare practitioners and real wellness solutions. 

An important piece is an early intervention and support. When a worker starts to feel a change in their body it is important to act swiftly. Immediate access to the worker to support them on their journey is paramount and our data suggests this strongly. If a worker starts researching their symptoms, a myriad of bad news stories is at the top of the list and this does not help the situation at all. Health Stack provides on-demand access to Doctors and Physios that go straight to your employee’s smart phones. 

Health Stack is the simple workplace healthcare solution you’ve been looking for.

We keep you and your staff in control, keep your insurance premiums down and provide a tailored stackable approach to improving employee wellbeing.

Health Stack is changing the game for healthcare and workers across the nation. Reach out to us today to find out how we can help your business and employees thrive.

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