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Many types of jobs result in back pain

If you experience back pain as you do your job, you are far from alone. In fact, many jobs lend themselves to the type of repetitive work that leads to back pain and that can affect your sleeping, exercising and daily living patterns — not to mention your ability to work.

Of course, it is also possible to experience back pain at work from an easily identifiable incident. Whether your back pain arose from such a case or from months or years of work, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. To that end, here is a look at some jobs with high rates of back pain.

Office work

When you sit at a computer for hours, your body is likely to feel the effects. It is important that you have the opportunity to take breaks to stretch and go for quick walks. Good posture at the computer helps too. For example, keep your head up, and use a chair that offers generous lumbar support for your lower back.


Many nurses and other medical personnel lift and reposition patients every day. In fact, nurses are some of the most at-risk folks for a musculoskeletal disorder. That is a shame, least of all because hospitals and other medical facilities could use methods such as patient handling equipment to help both nurses and patients.

Factory labor

If you work in a factory, then you likely perform the same movements repetitively. Even frequent breaks to help your posture and relax your body may not do the trick in preventing crippling back pain.

A similar concept of repetitive motions over a long period of time also applies to auto repair, warehouse work, manual labor and construction work.


Many truck drivers, cab drivers and even drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft know all too well the reality of back pain. Not only do they have to sit still for long stretches of time, but some also have to unload and carry high-weight deliveries.

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