Back pain and conditions that lead to it often result from years of labor. It affects both blue- and white-collar workers alike. But workers whose job duties require regular lifting may be especially susceptible to it. Chronic lower back pain may be a condition you suffer for years, if not the rest of your life. It may help you to know the ways it limits you at work and in everyday life.

According to a publication by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, nearly every working adult will suffer low back pain in their life. And around 7% of those adults will regularly see a physician for their pain. That same publication shows studies regarding the impacts of back pain on workers:

  • Lower back pain may significantly affect your ability to even get to work; many individuals with related chronic conditions are more likely to call in sick.
  • If you work at a job in which you bear high physical loads, you are likely to lose 6.6% of your work time.
  • Jobs requiring high physical loads may also have an increased likelihood of workers seeking disability benefits or workers’ compensation coverage.

There are ways to prevent back pain so you can maintain a healthy work-life. Such measures include:

  • Exercise regularly to strengthen your back muscles and increase their functionality
  • Refraining from smoking
  • Try to lose weight and therefore lose strain on back muscles

To learn more about the causes and potential solutions to your back pain, as well as how it may affect your daily life, consult your physician.