If you were to survey a number of employees in Denver, many of them would say they have back pain. Lower-back pain is more than just a result of poor posture or repetitive motions; there are many workers who suffer serious back injuries at work, forcing them to take some time to recover. There is not always a quick fix, though. There are many back injuries that will require complex medical procedures to get the employee back to his or her job.
For some, back pain only requires a few over-the-counter medicines and taking a day or two off from work, but for others, back pain may be long lasting and greatly interfere with someone’s ability to work. If this is the case, an employee will likely head to his or her doctor for a more formal diagnosis.
A doctor then may perform a series of tests to try to figure out what is wrong, but he or she may eventually say that surgery is required. For many Denver workers, they don’t have the time to get surgery, take time off of work and put their lives on hold. Yet if they don’t, they could find themselves with even worse back pain in the future.
For others, the cost of missing work may convince them to avoid treatment. Fortunately, however, if the back pain is related to work, the individual can apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover expenses while recovering. If left untreated, there could be serious consequences for the worker.
Source: Statesman Journal, “Lower back pain often goes away on its own but prevention possible,” July 27, 2013