Spine Archive: Work-related

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Who is at Risk for Radiculopathy?

Do you have a labor-intensive job? You might be at a higher risk of developing radiculopathy. Read more here in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients who work in physically demanding environments or patients who play contact sports have a higher risk of developing radiculopathy. This is because excessive or strenuous movement of the spine can result in compression of the spinal cord and nerves. Patients who also have a family history or who have other spinal disorders are prone to developing radiculopathy.

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Staying Healthy in the Office

For patients with desk jobs, proper sitting posture is important to a healthy spine. Your desk chair should have the ability to adjust to your body. Learn more about the spine here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

An ergonomic desk chair can do wonders for the health of your back in promoting a healthy posture. If you are in the market for a new chair or adjusting your current chair, pay attention to the following key points. The chair should allow for seat height adjustments as your feet should be flat and parallel with the ground. You should be able to set the seat depth so that back of your knees are 2 to 4 inches from the seat. A chair with lumbar support will provide a base of structure for the natural curve of your lower back. Of course, make sure the chair is comfortable with enough padding – an uncomfortable chair will promote poor posture.

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Why Posture is Important to a Healthy Spine

Back posture is an aspect of spine care that all can participate in. A healthy posture can do wonders for the health of your spine and the longevity of your back. If your posture is incorrect, complications like hyperplasia in the lumbar region of the spine can occur. Not only sitting but also sleeping with good posture will improve the way you feel, and will also help ensure a healthy spine and body for years to come!

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Symptoms of Spine Conditions

Particular symptoms depend on specific conditions. Symptoms can include:

  • Delayed or accelerated development and growth
  • Intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities
  • Spinal deformities like scoliosis, kyphosis or lordosis
  • Hand / foot anomalies
  • Vision and hearing impairments
  • Skin abnormalities
  • Abnormal growth of arms and legs
  • Chest deformity
  • Misshapen, fused or absent ribs
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Facial deformities (cleft palate, jaw malformations and dental problems)
  • Short neck with restricted mobility and pain
  • deformities in Hip / joint
  • Cervical spine instability
  • Bone fractures
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Work-related Disabilities

Work-related disabilities often are related to ergonomics and job demands unique to the symptomatic area. In the cervical spine, for example, sedentary jobs that require persistent static positioning (sitting, writing, computer viewing, driving) and upper extremity activities (reaching, pushing over shoulder) are often affected. In the lumbar spine, by contrast, heavy activities requiring transmission of load from hands through the trunk (lifting, carrying), particularly with the individual in bent or rotated positions, generally are associated with symptom development.

ยนAbitbol MD, Jean-Jacques. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2002.

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