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Harmful Jobs That Cause Spine Pain

Spine pain may significantly impact your daily life, making even simple tasks difficult. Anyone who experiences a spinal injury knows that bending over to pick up something or carrying something heavy may cause excruciating pain.

Injuries to a person’s spinal column may happen suddenly due to an accident, or the damage may accumulate over time from some jobs that cause spine pain. If you experience a slip and fall at work, an injury may occur that causes spine pain.

Factors That Can Affect Your Spine When at Work

Many jobs can affect your spine. The nature of a person’s work may contribute to spinal pain. The worst jobs for spine pain include a lot of lifting, repetitive tasks that cause stress on the back, and many hours of sitting hunched over in front of a computer or standing for long periods.

Young woman having back pain while sitting at desk in office.
  • Improper Lifting: Spinal injuries may occur by improperly lifting something. These injuries may happen when bending at the waist to pick up something heavy instead of bending at the knees to use the full force of the legs to lift.
  • Poor Posture/Excessive Sitting: Hunching over at a desk to use a computer and sitting for many hours may cause lower back problems and spinal pain.
  • Lack of Mobility/Breaks: Standing in the same place and not having time to rest or take breaks to elevate the feet may cause poor circulation and deterioration of the spinal discs over time.

High-Risk Jobs For Your Spine

There are high-risk jobs that can affect your spine. These jobs range from professional health care providers, such as surgeons, who are on their feet for many hours per day, to professional athletes who are injured while playing for a sports team, to hospitality workers who do lots of bending over and picking up while cleaning hotels, and everything in between. Almost all jobs have at least some risk of causing spinal pain.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports these job categories as some of the most likely jobs that cause spine pain and employee injuries:

Fishing Boat Workers

If you work on a fishing boat taking tourists for a day trip, you are constantly moving across slippery surfaces. This slippery environment makes it very easy to slip and fall, which may harm your back, causing spinal pain.


Roofers who fall from a rooftop may be off balance and land on their back, breaking or injuring their spine.

construction worker suffers from spinal problem after falling from the ladder while working

Construction Workers

Construction workers have the risk of falling from ladders. It does not require a fall from a great height, just a few feet, to get a spinal injury. Moreover, construction workers constantly lift heavy things and carry them considerable distances, perhaps even up flights of stairs, which can risk a spinal injury.


Plumbers may find themselves working in an awkward position that can cause excessive strain on the spine.

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers can damage their spines from long hours of sitting in the cockpit.

Refuse and Recycled Waste Collectors

Workers who pick up garbage cans and recycle bins all day risk spinal injuries.

Truck and Delivery Drivers

Black female courier experiencing pain in lower back while unloading packages from a mini van.

Sitting for extended periods can cause lower back problems. Lifting heavy boxes when loading or unloading a truck is another source of spinal injuries.

Other occupations involving many spine injuries include agricultural workers, farmers, and warehouse workers.

All it takes to “throw your back out” is one wrong move. You may end up with a condition like a collapsed disc that pinches a nerve, causing a horrible amount of pain. If you already have this kind of pain, come to us to do something about it.

Let Zaker Chiropractic Help You

Dr. Misa Zaker, Dr. Ghodadra, Dr. Nick, and the kind support staff at Zaker Chiropractic can help reduce your pain. Spinal pain services available include multi-faceted chiropractic care and spinal manipulation under anesthesia. Workers injured while on the job may have California worker’s compensation insurance coverage. State and federal employees may qualify for reimbursement under the California state and federal worker’s compensation programs, especially for those working in the worst jobs for spine pain.

Make An Appointment to Manage Your Pain

Senior woman is having her spinal adjustment with a chiropractor

If you are in one of the jobs that cause spine pain, getting treatment is just as easy as making a phone call. Zaker Chiropractic has three locations: Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach, South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, and San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro.

Contact us to make an appointment for an evaluation at the nearest center.

If you are in serious pain, immediate appointments are available!

Dr. Misa Zaker, D.C.
As a South Bay resident and graduate from UCLA Dr. Zaker specializes in comprehensive multifaceted chiropractic care and manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). After getting his doctor of chiropractic degree at Southern California University of Health Sciences Dr. Zaker built his practice with a goal of changing the perception of what a chiropractic treatment consists of. Dr. Zaker has treated many professionals and amateur athletes including UFC pros, marathoners, swimmers, dancers, and cyclists. Certified in Nerve Conduction Velocity and Manipulation Under Anesthesia, his expertise is sports rehabilitation has helped hundreds of injured athletes regain their strength and flexibility without surgery.

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