Back pain is a common ailment to all office jobs – especially those who work long hours like attorneys and lawyers. As an attorney, you may love your job, but hate the back pain that comes with mostly being in the office or on the road. Below, we have outlined five common activities that cause back pain in attorneys and provided advice and solutions to alleviate the pain.
- Sitting at your desk for long periods of time – you probably spend long hours reviewing documents, reading texts, and working at your computer. Sitting in an office chair puts pressure on your lower spine all day and craning your neck over books and toward the computer screen weaken your posture.
- Exercising without proper stretching beforehand – meeting clients for golf or an outing is one of the great perks of the job, but how often do you stretch or warm-up before you start swinging away?
- Doing any workout without warming up, especially on a cold day, is a great way to pull a muscle or throw out your back. For those who spend most of their days in an office chair, they need to stretch to allow their body to decompress and get the blood flowing.
- Carrying heavy briefcases or file boxes – if you commonly carry a one-strap briefcase or are moving around the many file boxes you have in your office, you may be putting unnecessary strain on your back.
- Invest in a high-quality bag that will distribute the weight evenly and help ease the pain.
- When lifting boxes, always try to remember to lift with your legs, NOT your back.
- Driving/Commuting – sitting in heavy New Jersey traffic can strain your back as well as your nerves. Just like the office chair, a car seat does not do any favors for your spine health.
- Stretch out, move your body as much as is safely possible, and keep yourself relaxed with good posture. When you get out of your car try to incorporate some stretching.
- Inconsistent exercise – an attorney’s job can be highly demanding with long hours that prevent you from finding time to get to the gym after work. When you work at a sedentary job all week and then dive right into exercise on the weekend, you’re likely to experience some discomfort. Jumping straight into intense work on the tennis courts or swinging hard on the golf course is a really common source of back pain.
- Try to keep your exercise somewhat consistent, and always stretch beforehand.
You can find more information on back pain in many of our other blog articles. Another good one we’d like to highlight for attorneys who experience back pain is “5 Tips for Reducing Back Pain at Work.”
To all attorneys attending the NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar 2019 May 8 to 10, we’re exhibiting at Booth #805! We will be there offering information on all the services we offer for neck and back pain. There will be giveaways, and our staff and doctors will be on hand to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
More information on the program and registration can be found here. https://www.nj-justice.org/index.cfm?pg=annual