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Top Ten Back Breaking Jobs

Back pain accounts for 1/4 of all lost work and is the single most common work-related injury. While almost everyone is at risk of back injury, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has compiled a list of the ten most back-dangerous jobs:

  • Truck drivers
  • Construction workers
  • Landscapers
  • Police officers
  • Farmers
  • Shingle roofers
  • Firefigherts/EMTs
  • Delivery drivers
  • Nursing home workers
  • Auto mechanics

The main problems with the occupations above is they all include one or more of the following which are very bad on the back, especially lower back: prolonged periods of sitting, constant repetitive vibration, heavy/continual lifting, awkward lifting and awkward positions.

The ACA suggests the following to limit back strain: maintain proper posture; wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes; alternate tasks that use different muscle groups; take periodic stretch breaks; and be sure to lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.

Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 13, 2004.