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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Food industry

Worst
There are few careers in the food industry that are suitable for people with chronic pain.

Working in a food processing plant is out of the question, says Dr. Bautch. People in this industry deal with high temperatures, repetitive motion, and prolonged standing.

Working in a restaurant setting can often be just as bad. These are somewhat low-paying jobs that often don't provide health benefits. A lot of time on your feet and lifting plates and trays are sure to exacerbate symptoms.

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