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Netflix’s Glow Gives a More Realistic Representation of Back Pain on TV

Netflix’s Glow Gives a More Realistic Representation of Back Pain on ...

Back pain is one of the most common chronic ailments for Canadians, affecting approximately four in five adults within their lifetime. It most often affects adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but anyone can be affected, regardless of age or gender. The causes may vary, from illness to injury, but the most common causes of back pain tend to be mechanical such as twisting the wrong way or lifting something that’s just a hair too heavy.  Despite how common these injuries can be, we still tend to see some very problematic portrayals of back pain in the media. Often played...
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Day in the Life with Back Pain

Day in the Life with Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability in the world, with approximately eighty percent of people experiencing an issue at some point in their lives. Thankfully, most instances are relatively minor. It may take a few days but back pain will usually subside and allow people to return to their regular day to day lives. However, it is worth noting that many of the things people think they know about treatment could, in fact, make the condition much worse. For instance, too much rest can lead to immobilization. Most doctors recommend light exercise and...
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Sciatica Pain Made Work Impossible While Waiting for Surgery ‒ Jamila’s Story

Sciatica Pain Made Work Impossible While Waiting for Surgery ‒ Jamila’s Sto...

As an office manager in Edmonton, AB, Jamila spent most of her day hunched over her computer. She was good at keeping the books, but her job required a lot of attention to detail and she found that she just didn’t have many opportunities to get up and walk around. The older she got, the harder it was to break that habit. By the time she was 55, she was beginning to feel the effects of her poor posture. Her muscles often felt creaky and stiff when she was finally able to push herself away from her desk. What had started as minor discomfort had become increasingly...
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[VIDEO] What You Should Know About Office Work And Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most difficult claims to get approved when it comes to long-term disability insurance. Because it’s an invisible illness based on a subjective barometer, it makes proving the veracity of the claim exceedingly difficult, so the insurance companies can deny them with relative ease. As a result, these are some of the most commonly denied claims that we see at Share Lawyers.  Many of our previous clients have worked at desk jobs. Whether they’re an administrative assistant, office clerk, or work any other myriad of jobs that are mostly sedentary and...
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Complications of Back Pain – When Should You Worry?

Complications of Back Pain – When Should You Worry?

In the vast majority of cases, back pain isn’t a cause for serious concern. A bit of back pain is a regular part of the aging process, with many experts estimating that 85% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. That pain is usually temporary, and will go away with a bit of rest and moderate exercise in most situations. Of course, back pain can still feel quite debilitating, especially if it keeps you away from activities you ordinarily enjoy. It is possible to do more damage to your back if you’re not careful, which is why it’s...
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Heart Disease and Exercise – Taking it Easy

Heart Disease and Exercise – Taking it Easy

It is common knowledge that a healthy diet and exercise help to stave off heart problems. However, after being diagnosed with heart disease, it’s important to take things slow. Too much exercise can actually have adverse health effects and it is important to be aware of the type and intensity of fitness that is right for your body.  The Heart and Stroke Foundation offers a comprehensive outline of this important topic. The resources provided can help address the uncertainty associated with a diagnosis. The best place to start is through a cardiac rehabilitation...
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Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Over the course of five years sharing an office, Ian and Sam had become good friends. They attended one another’s weddings, went to the occasional baseball game together, and while they weren’t extremely close, they got along well and were happy to have developed such a nice camaraderie at work.  In September of 2018, Ian was absent for two weeks. After a few days, Sam was concerned and sent Ian an email. Ian simply stated that he wasn’t feeling well, and hoped to be back to work soon. After his return to the office, Sam checked in with him again, seeing how he was...
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Long Term Disability Denied After a Heart Attack

Long Term Disability Denied After a Heart Attack

When he was a kid, Zahir had always had plenty of energy. That didn’t change when he grew up and joined the workforce. Data science is usually a sedentary profession, but his colleagues always said that he had a bounce in his step when he walked around the office. They also noticed when he slowed down shortly after turning 52. Zahir figured it was one of the normal side effects of ageing. He didn’t necessarily like his new reality – walking to the other end of his Saskatoon-based office was now enough to leave him exhausted and short of breath – but there didn’t seem to...