Ezekiel 34:16a - I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
Sit up straight. Isn’t that what your mother or your teacher told you all your life? Though they didn’t worry about work-related accidents or chronic pain when they said it, little did they know just how good that advice was.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), in their article, “OSHA Technical Manual,” reported that every year more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Back and neck problems are seldom caused by a single injury. An activity is done the same way over and over, and then one event happens and you can’t bounce back from it.
That’s why, you’ve heard of stories of people rupturing a disc just by slipping on the bathroom floor or tripping over the sidewalk. The disc was already being slowly injured by doing things incorrectly. And then one more thing hit, the straw in the proverbial camel’s back, and the disc herniated.
Find some tips from American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website in their article, “Tips to Prevent Back Pain,” to help reduce your risk of back pain and injury such as positioning the person or object your are lifting close to your body before lifting.
Even if an injury happens and it becomes chronic pain, as it did in my case, remember the verse above. God pursues us in our injuries. He will bind up your injury and strengthen the weak areas of your life including your body. Don’t lose hope and don’t forget to be wise and careful as you walk through your week.
Have you suffered an injury and thought to yourself, “If only I’d been paying more attention to what I was doing?” We’re here to support you. Just click on the blue “comments” below and let us know what you’re struggling with. Maybe we can shed some new light on it.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.