Don't risk losing your job because of back pain

Published On: Dec 19 2011 11:53:57 AM EST   Updated On: May 23 2012 12:13:53 PM EDT

(NewsUSA) - Employers say that back pain-related problems account for over 100 million lost workdays a year. In a cutthroat economy with unemployment at a record high, this is especially disconcerting news. Employees cannot afford to risk losing their jobs to other candidates while stuck home in bed recuperating. With a whopping 80 percent of Americans experiencing back pain in their lifetime, back issues have serious implications for job security and can negatively affect even the most dedicated employee's performance abilities and job attendance.

Even more troubling? Daily activities in the workplace, like lifting heavy items, hunching over a computer or sitting or standing in one position for a prolonged period of time, are the main causes of back pain. It seems that all jobs have the potential to cause extreme back discomfort.

"Back pain is the number-one injury in the workplace," says Linda Brinson, Safety & Wellness Director, Draper, Inc. "I have employees constantly asking for something that will effectively treat their pain but that will not interfere with their performance or concentration."

Take Paula Christiano, for example. Her lower back pain was so severe that she "struggled to put in a full day of work." Prescription drugs "just dulled the pain but did not fix the problem."

So, what options do employees have? Many available treatments have serious side effects, including oral pain relievers, which can cause irreparable damage to the liver. Other treatments such as hot, greasy topical creams have such a strong medicinal smell that people just stop using them.

As many people look for treatments that really work, yet won't interfere with their focus and productivity in the workplace, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream could provide the relief they are seeking. Rather than simply masking pain symptoms, its transdermal medicines bring rapid relief deep into the pain area to heal the damage causing the pain. Odor free, Topricin is a discreet option for pain relief in the workplace. After Christiano applied it, the pain and stiffness were gone, and she was back to work.