California workers often face back injuries on the job. In fact, back injuries are one of the biggest reasons that workers stay at home or take sick leave. But how damaging can these injuries be?
Today we will answer that question. We will take a look at how back injuries have the potential to put workers in bed for a long time.
Severity levels of back injuries
Medline Plus looks at back injuries and how they affect the body. The spine is an integral part of your entire system. Your back is what holds your body in correct alignment. When you have damage done to your spine or back, it will affect the rest of you as well.
Back pain also comes in different levels of severity. For some, it is a nuisance. For others, it has the potential to have crippling side effects. Back pain also has differing levels of duration. For example, one person may strain a muscle in their back. If they rest according to doctor instruction, this muscle may heal within weeks. They may not experience pain after healing. But someone who ignores the doctor’s orders may have prolonged pain.
Where back injuries occur
More serious damage to the back can also occur on the job. This is most common in workers whose jobs involve heavy lifting. Construction workers, warehouse workers and so on are more susceptible than most.
Back injuries can sometimes take months for a victim to heal. In severe cases, it may take years. Permanent damage is also possible. Workers who suffer from these injuries must take time off of work to heal properly. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford this. This is where workers’ compensation may come in handy. You may wish to discuss this with a legal professional.