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User's Manual: Joints

Best and Worst Jobs for People in Pain

On-the-job pain management starts with finding an occupation that meets your needs.
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Construction

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It's no surprise construction work is on the American Chiropractic Association's list of Top 10 Jobs that cause back strain.

Specialists like roofers and sheetrock installers can have some of the worst problems. Not only do they lift all day, but their work is repetitive, which can cause pain and flare-ups in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

"Specialists like sheetrockers have more injuries than generalists do," Dr. Bautch says. "These aren't jobs that people with chronic pain or RA are probably going to be in."

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