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Whether you suffered a back injury by way of a slippery surface or you have developed pains over time due to everyday labor, you likely already know the impacts that back pain has had on your job performance. But what you may not know, or you may not have realized, is just how much of your life chronic back pain can affect – especially if the injury or condition goes unchecked. In fact, the issues may bleed into your medical future as well.

Most working people will experience significant back pain at some point in their life. Of that crowd, around 7% of those people will need regular consultations with a physician regarding their pain. Having to attend regular appointments with a doctor or chiropractor means you are more likely to accumulate steep medical bills.

Between prescriptions, ex-rays and even routine exams, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the demands your back pain is putting on your life. Additionally, you may also find that you are more likely to be absent from work – potentially losing the PTO you may need for an illness or other condition in the future.

Psychological effects of back pain

Because of the debilitating nature of back pain, it is not uncommon for those who suffer from it to also suffer from anxiety or psychological distress which then may worsen the pain. This is often due to limited physical movement and the ways that brain activity may be impacted. The stress affects the circuits that determine pain and process emotions and the result is higher sensitivity.

If you haven’t already done so, seek a professional to discuss your healthcare options for your back pain.