Acute back strain can occur if you overstretch your back or carry objects that are too heavy without proper techniques and support. Stretching in an awkward position can cause the muscles in your back to be stretched more than they can take and cause a strain. It may be made worse if you are carrying a load at the time. Back strains can also occur from repeated awkward movements, such as stretching to the side repeatedly or sitting in a bad position at a computer over a long period of time. The muscles can be gradually damaged and stretched, then once they can take no more a strain may occur, causing great pain.
Acute back strain can cause a restriction of movement in the back, as the muscle is not able to function as normal. It can be difficult for a person with a back strain to continue working whilst their muscles repair. Symptoms of back strain can include stiffness, pain that can radiate to the buttocks, legs or thighs, pain that worsens when the person stretches, bends or coughs. Usually it will repair on its own, but it will take time and may require physiotherapy to build up muscle strength again.
Proper training and care
An employer must have things in place to protect their employees from being injured, and this includes measures for preventing back injuries. If workers are often moving or carrying heavy loads, they will need training to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge to do so without injuring themselves. People who work in labour-intensive jobs are particularly susceptible, but workers who spend long amounts of time at a computer must be given support to ensure that they are sitting properly and can take regular breaks. If these things do not happen and a back strain occurs, the employer may be liable to pay compensation.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown