Back pain is one of the most common forms of injuries, so it should not come as a shock that it is common among firefighters, too. The physical demands, coupled with previous injuries, and unhealthy habits will not only hinder a firefighter’s performance on the job, but can lead to an early retirement.
As a firefighter, for a 24-hour period, if you’re not working, then you’re sitting and waiting to work. Whether it’s the zero-to-100mph within seconds or the sedentary bouts between things hitting the fan, an unhealthy back is a recipe for disaster. You can experience back pain when lifting a tool, patient, or dragging a hose line - or simply when you’ve been sitting too long and a prior strain kicks in.
The best thing a firefighter can do to avoid back pain is to prevent it from happening to begin with. For firefighters who have been working for a number of years and have back pain that cannot be solved by any of the previous suggestions, Dr. Allonardo will examine your medical history and look at your current symptoms and spinal presentation. After a thorough evaluation, he will provide a diagnosis, and from there determine the best and safest treatment option available. Lower back pain can be caused by a number of conditions including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease, among others. Treatments vary for conditions, making it important to go to a trusted and experienced doctor who can determine what is causing the pain.
If you are experiencing back pain, or are concerned about future back pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Allonardo to learn more about treatment solutions and ways to prevent further damage. Please call 973-324-9324 to schedule a consultation.Let Dr. Allonardo be your support system.