I have been in the pain world for so many years. I considered myself as a “Pain Management Specialist. Recently, I typed in Pain Management in Google and I got 1,010,000,000 hits! and it is about medical treatments, and injections that will help you be more comfortable for a while at work and in daily activities.
Do they treat the cause of the problem? NO!
Do I need to change my name as a Pain Management Specialist, hmmm?
In my long experience in helping people out of pain and how to prevent it, I believe we are not supposed to have to manage pain, but to learn how to avoid it, or at least, relieve pain.
Instead, be able to return to health, to “no pain”. To avoid injury, prevent pain before it happens, especially in the workplace, and to enjoy life.
I think true pain management is preventive and educational and can bring about pain relief for those who have pain in the workplace. It needs to be enforced BEFORE low level aches kick in to more chronic conditions.
Ergonomics is true Pain Management. For employees, it is the most needed training to prevent and to overcome pain. This is true for a company of any size, including home offices.
When we are in pain we really don’t feel like working. Taking meds before work may be standard to some employees, and certainly not the answer to the problem.
I am talking about Muscular Skeletal Disorders, which are usually low back, neck and shoulders. But it can also be hips, sciatica, and repetitive strain injures, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I am talking about repetitive tasks performed wrong!
Why wait for your employees, or yourself, to get in to chronic pain?
With some inexpensive, repetitive education and training, and timely ergonomic assessments, most of these conditions can be done away with, reducing expensive surgery, meds, and therapy. Ergonomics with body education can bring down company health costs in a big way.
Why aren’t more companies offering employees the benefits of ergonomics through preventive skills, assessments and training? Is it the time it takes to train? Is it because they don’t know about ergonomics? Do they think it will take expensive furniture to fix the problem? Is it because they don’t care?
Compare an few hours, over an agreed upon time, to give employees skills, techniques, and a workstation assessment and modification to surgeries and chronic pain conditions that take up months of time to heal! And, how that hurts the company pockets to have to replace and train those employees.
Then, sadly, the employee comes back to work to the same workstation that caused the surgery or pain, and performs the same bad postures and habits all over again.