3Pain and InjuriesBack injuries are the most common reason for absenteeism in the general workforce after the common cold.Back pain and other work-related musculoskeletal injuries may be caused by a single traumatic event or cumulative trauma to the spine and related structures.
4In the US, back disorders account for over 24% of all occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work.Greater than 1/3 of back injuries among healthcare workers are attributed to handling patients and the frequency with which they are required to manually move patients.
5Personal impact: Although some back injuries are short in duration, for some the pain and suffering is long term. For a small percentage of people, it is life long.For employees with long-term disabling musculoskeletal injuries, lifetime earnings may drop significantly. These employees may also suffer a loss of independence and diminished quality of life.
7Back AnatomyYour back is also called your vertebral column. It helps support a majority of your body weight and protects your spinal cord.You have 33 bones that make up the vertebral column which are divided into sections.
9Between each vertebra is a disk which acts as a pad or shock absorber for your spine as you move. Attached to these vertebrae are muscles, ligaments, and tendons.Maintaining good posture is essential for a healthy back.
10The basis for good posture is to maintain a neutral spine… A neutral spine has 3 curves:1. a small hollow at the base of your neck2. a small roundness at the middle of your back3. a small hollow at your low back
19Wear sensible, supportive shoes that fit securelyBe certain that clothing and jewelrywill not interfere with transfersKnow your limits, if you are unsureask for help
20Plan lifts and transfers ahead to avoid unnecessary stressTwo person lifts may also be donewith a patient lift, a device with a sling and hydraulic arm to lift the patientand transfer them to a new surface
21Keep These Things In Mind: Always maintain good postureBend your knees, Lift with your legsAsk for help with heavier liftsWear sensible shoesGet regular exercise, stretch, and remain active for a healthy mind, body, and spine!
22For Your Viewing Pleasure Videos are available in the PT department library for further information. You can view taped transfers depicting proper form, and materials for additional tips to maintain safety.
23In Conclusion Questions? When in doubt, ask a member of our staff for assistance with specific children, we are happy to assist you!Prepared by ACSSSD Physical Therapy Staff2010
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