Monday, March 19, 2007

A cautionary tale of back injury and recovery

Back pain can be overcome ...

"It’s the midway point of the city’s annual marathon, 13 miles to go, when I detect a slight tightening in my back.

"I quickly add the sensation to the list of twinges to monitor: possible blister on left middle toe, ache in left hamstring.

I liken this midrun analysis to absentmindedly absorbing those quirky sounds the car makes and ranking them in order of concern. Click. Ping. Clank.

... Back injuries are the most frequent source of workers’ compensation claims nationally, accounting for one of every five claims, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The average cost of each claim is about $13,300.

... Back pain: Leading cause of disability
According to numerous researchers and medical journals, back pain is:

— The most common type of pain reported by adults in the United States, with more than one in four reporting some back pain lasting at least a day in the past three months. Eight of every 10 people in the United States will suffer from lower back pain at one point in their lives.
— The most common reason injured workers file for workers’ compensation claims, accounting for about one in every five U.S. claims for workers’ compensation.
— The leading cause of disability in the United States military."    (Continued via MSNBC.com)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Overcoming Back Pain - Ergonomics

Overcoming Back Pain

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