Based on new research from Technische Universität Dresden, researchers established a connection between the development of chronic lower back pain and workload, job control, and perceived lack of social support.
Chronic back pain, which is defined as any pain occurring on the spine or back that lasts between four and 12 weeks, affects just about 80% of adults at some point in their lives.
Of the 19,000 people analyzed in the new study, a significant portion noted anxieties related to job security, compensation, and the pressure put upon them by their supervisors. This toxic combination played a huge role in both the intensity and the likelihood of the development of chronic back pain.
Even when back pain occurs as a result of psychological factors, the sharp sensation experienced by the sufferer is a result of intervertebral discs, muscles, the spine, and nerves failing to properly fit and move in unison. Whether attributed to personal challenges or work-life ergonomics, prolonged emotional tension can yield constrictions in blood flow to the ligaments, nerves, and tendons in the lower back.
The ultimate result is a decrease in oxygen and the accumulation of biochemical waste in affected areas of the body that manifests as a lingering ache.
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, speak with one of the Doctors at Washington Wellness Center to rule out any potentially serious underlying causes. If work-life stress is left as the last unaddressed variable, consider consulting with your human resource department.
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