Back injuries

Back injuries account for about a 25%* of all WorkSafeNB lost-time claims.

Simple treatment, such as regular exercise and physiotherapy, will often help a worker safely return to work. A short course of painkillers such as Acetaminophen and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen may help. Surgery is rarely needed to treat back injury.

WorkSafeNB offers a back management program to relieve pain and restore mobility and function. Support may include referrals to resources, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic medicine.

See expected healing time.


Back Injury Prevention Safety Talk, WorkSafeNB
Choosing Wisely Canada
Back Pain, Mayo Clinic

*2017 data


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