How Common Are Back Injuries and Herniated Disks?

How common are back injuries and herniated disks? The short answer - more common than you think.

Back problems are one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada, with 4 out 5 adults experiencing back pain or injury in their lifetime. Herniated (bulging or slipped) disks occur when the jelly-like cushion between two vertebrae pops out of place and is jutted out into the spinal canal. This in turn puts pressure on the nerves, causing pain.

Herniated disks

Herniated disks and back injuries can be incurred by a single traumatic event to the spine or by regular wear and tear. Back injuries are one of the most common injuries in the workplace. The lower back is the most impacted area as it bears the grunt of the stress of the body.

Individuals in all different lines of work are at risk of developing a herniated or slipped disk. Heavy lifting can be an apparent cause of disk degeneration; however, sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause pressure on the spine, leading to herniated disks and other back problems. This has become an increasingly prevalent issue for those who work in industries where they are sitting for long periods of time.

Back injuries

Back injuries are treated in a myriad of ways, with non-surgical treatments like pain medication, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and massage therapy. For many who experience chronic back pain caused either by an injury or herniated disk, they find themselves being physically limited or prohibited from activities they were once able to perform, sometimes causing social isolation and resulting in depression or anxiety.

Ways to avoid incurring back injuries or herniated disks are: regular exercise, maintaining correct posture, lifting and bending at the knees instead of the waist, and avoiding standing or working in any one position for too long.

Those who have experienced a back injury often face a long road to recovery and pain management. This is why long term disability benefits are so essential to many who are unable to work while they get the treatment they need to make a full recovery.

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A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

Our disability law firm knows what you have been going through

We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf

Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.

If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.

In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.

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