Occupational Back Pain: Different and More Serious

Did you know that if back pain makes a person miss four to twelve weeks of work, th�at person will have a 40% chance of missing work for the next year?1

When it comes to back pain, we are not fans of the wait-and-see approach.  We encourage professional assessment and early, active intervention.

Research suggests that occupational low back pain is a different and more serious entity than other low back pain.  The onset is often more sudden and subsequent disability happens more frequently.4-6  Joblessness is no vacation.  It is associated with depression and a host of family problems.7-13 We take all back pain seriously, but if you ever experience back pain that comes from work, there’s even more reason to assertively address it. Always keep physiotherapy in mind for beating back pain long-term.

At Advanced Physiotherapy, we are able to combine the expertise of titled physiotherapists and accredited exercise physiologists.  Our advanced work conditioning programs combine cognitive-behavioural approaches, rehabilitation, education, pain relief, and testing to return clients back to gainful employment as quickly as possible without sacrificing safety.

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