Workplace injuries can strike anyone in any industry. We know that more than 85 per cent of the working population experiences back-related injuries or conditions.

May 3-9 is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. NAOSH aims to educate employers, employees, and the public about the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Health Canada estimates that musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, cost society $16.4 billion in treatment, rehabilitation and lost-time costs. In Alberta, back injuries in the workplace account for more than 25 per cent of all Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) lost-time claims.

“Performing any kind of physical activity as part of your job almost always involves using your back muscles,” says Dr. Chad Kulak, President of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. “Back pain, strain or injury can happen when you least expect it—bending, lifting, twisting the wrong way, sitting hunched over at the computer, or even stepping out of a vehicle after a long drive.”

Back strain or injury, if not managed and treated quickly, can result in serious pain and the inability to perform regular everyday activities. Since there are many ways for workers to strain or injure their back at work, both employers and employees need to examine the work environment and activities to assess the risk for job-related injury.

“Sometimes it is a simple matter of modifying tasks. Bend at the knees to lift, take more frequent breaks from sitting or try a standing workstation,” says Dr. Kulak. Chiropractors provide advice and guidance on preventing work-related injuries, including information on improving workplace ergonomics, and stretches and exercises to keep you working comfortably.

If you are injured at work, your chiropractor is a back care expert and the obvious healthcare practitioner for treatment of back pain, injury and related conditions.

Chiropractic care is accessible, clinically effective, cost effective and yields very high patient satisfaction. Sustainable on-the-job recovery and rapid return-to-work statistics strongly support chiropractic as the treatment of choice for back-related workplace injuries.

Statistics show that patients receiving chiropractic care return to work faster and at less cost than with other forms of treatment. Cumulative performance statistics over the past decade from WCB-Alberta indicate chiropractic is the most consistent and cost-effective treatment per claim.

For more information about back health in the workplace and chiropractic care, including the Find a Chiropractor tool, visit www.albertachiro.com.