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Watch Your Back: How to Prevent Back Pain and Injury

You may not even know it, but your back is involved in nearly every motion you make. Think of the spine as the main support beam for the structure that is your body. The condition of your back determines your strength, mobility, and ability. In other words, your back is essential to your functioning. That is why back injury can and does put people out of commission, whether it comes to work, exercise, or just plain everyday activities.

Back injuries are often sustained in accidents. Circumstances in which back injuries frequently occur include motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and on-the-job accidents, amongst others. In cases like these, the victims usually pursue compensation for the resulting damages from the liable party. If you've suffered a back injury due to the negligence of another, you can seek a settlement that will cover your medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Of course, you will want the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Not all back injuries are the result of an accident. Some develop over a long period of time due to persistent strain, which damages the spine. People who endure this type of back injury usually don't know that they have it until it is too late. However, there are ways to prevent the development of back pain and injury, including the following:

  • Practice good posture. Keep your back straight and don't slump. Bad posture can lead to back problems down the line.
  • Exercise. This ties in well with posture. When you have strong back muscles, it is easier to maintain good posture and consequently a better back. Of course, there's also the fact that exercise is generally good for you.
  • Lift with your legs, not your back. When you are picking up or carrying something heavy, make sure to distribute the weight away from your back, preferably using your arms and legs. If you let your back bear the brunt of the weight, you could seriously get hurt.
  • Stretch regularly. This is especially good advice for employees who work in an office setting and sit for eight hours every weekday. Get up every so often and stretch. This will keep you limber and relax your back.

The knowledgeable Nebraska back injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, LLC are also physicians. We can help you determine the extent of your injury and investigate its cause using our experience in both the legal and medical fields. To learn more about what we can do for your claim case, call our office today for a comprehensive and confidential consultation.


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