There are many different kinds of back injuries that you could suffer on the job, but one that is particularly common is a repetitive strain injury. If you’ve suffered a repetitive strain injury on the job, it could mean that you’ll have difficulty returning to work without significant medical care and time off.

The reason for that is because repetitive strain injuries happen as a result of overuse. For example, you may have been working for eight hours lifting boxes every day of the week for the last four years. If you “suddenly” feel a twinge in your back and find that your disk is compressing your spinal cord, the reality is that the injury may have built up over time. To get your strength back and to treat the injury, you may need a significant period of rest and rehabilitation.

Strains and sprains are both fairly common on the job. A sudden twists, repeated strain or other movements can lead to them. You may have significant symptoms such as:

  • Muscle cramping and spasms
  • Pain that worsens when you move
  • Trouble walking or bending
  • Decreased range of motion

If you’ve heard a pop or tear at the time when your pain started, that’s also a sign that you need extra support for your back injury. You should let your employer know that you intend to seek medical care and will be looking into making a workers’ compensation claim. Your workers’ compensation claim should cover necessary medical treatments as well as financial losses. You may also be able to use workers’ compensation for vocational rehabilitation if you need to pursue it in the future.