A recent study by the American Chiropractic Association found that 50 percent of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year and as many as 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life.
The ACA also found that back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second leading cause of visits to the doctor’s office.
Back pain is not only a leading cause of bodily pain but it is also a cause of significant monetary pain and loss of productivity on the job. It has been estimated that Americans spend upwards of $50 billion each year on back pain not including the cost of lost productivity.
There is no doubt that back pain is a prevalent issue in the modern work place. Whether it’s sitting in an office setting or standing and walking in a retail or warehouse setting, each work place has its own factors that contribute to back pain on the job.
While it is important to take advice from healthcare specialists, it is also important to note that a recent study conducted by Dr. Bruce E Landon, a professor of health care policy at Harvard, found a rising trend in over diagnosis and over treatment of back problems. It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe and recommend a variety of expensive tests, narcotics and referrals for surgery.
Landon also states that “a majority of common back pain will improve on its own with conservative therapy and time.”
There are many simple and cost-efficient ways to reduce back pain including daily exercise, stretching, icing/heating sore body parts, over-the-counter pain relievers and rest.
Another easy way to reduce and/or prevent back pain and reduce the costs associated with back pain is to use SmartCells anti-fatigue mats, flooring, runners, or insoles.
SmartCells anti-fatigue products are ergonomically designed and engineered to prevent and reduce pain, including back pain, associated with standing for extended periods of time. The unique SmartCells act like springs that cushion as weight is applied and then rebound when the weight shifts, which returns energy and reduces fatigue.
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