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Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries Introduction


What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is a form of back pain which often relates to Sciatica. Symptoms include back pain, buttock pain, cramping in the leg and tingling. The condition is either genetic or brought on as part of the ageing process.

Most of us will suffer back pain at some point in our lives. While it may be painful, many problems are non-serious and usually fade within a couple of weeks. The length of pain vary depending on the severity:

  • Acute - This is usually caused by an accident and can last from one to seven days. This is a mild or severe pain.
  • Sub-Acute - Generally a mild pain but can be severe. This pain lasts from a few days to a few weeks.
  • Chronic - This type of mild / severe pain can be caused by illness or other identifiable causes. Chronic pain lasts for more than three months.

The number of reported back pain cases within the workplace is on the rise, according to recent studies. Due to the uncertain economic climate, many are reluctant to miss work.

Over 9 million work days were lost in 2008/09 due to back pain and other musculoskeletal related problems, making it the second biggest problem next to stress. Thankfully, most of these problems are easily preventable with correct guidance and a little bit of insight.

Back pain is more likely to appear in tasks that involve:

  • Lifting bulky or heavy loads
  • Incorrectly carrying loads
  • Repetitive tasks that require bending over - packing goods
  • Driving long distances without proper seat / rest supports
  • Crouching or bending for long periods of time - this includes working at a PC
  • Pulling, dragging or pushing heavy loads
  • Working while physically tired
  • Reaching, twisting, and stretching
  • Sitting in one position for extended periods

All of the things above have the potential for a strained back muscle or ligament.

About Spinal Stenosis

What can you do to prevent Back Pain?

Generally, the best way to prevent back pain and its effects is to remain active. Muscles weaken the longer they remain unused.

Spinal Stenosis in Brief.

What should you do if you suffer from Back Pain?

Back pain is often caused by long periods of inactivity and poor posture. However, in the event of severe pain that shows no sign of improvement, or further problems caused by back pain, it is recommended that you seek medical advice.

Further factors that could influence back pain are:

  • Sitting posture
  • The position of your computer screen
  • The height of your chair
  • The position of your keyboard / mouse
  • The layout of your desk equipment

The body can only tolerate one position for so long before it feels the need to adjust. This is why correct posture is important when sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.

To help you maintain good posture, PhysioRoom.com offer a range of workstation accessories designed to support your body and provide you with a safe working environment. Correct posture can help prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI) which is also a cause of back pain.

The key to good posture is to sit up straight and to make sure that your lower back is supported. Keep your thighs at a right angle to the rest of your body, or sloping down.

The following products can help support proper posture:

If you are currently suffering from back pain, these items can help make it more manageable:

The basic rule is to keep your feet firmly planted on the floor, but if it’s more comfortable to use a footrest, then do so. By putting your feet on the ground, you are able to support your back.



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