Back pain among health care workers in Pennsylvania 2002 -2006

Douglas E. Haladay, Amanda L. Blorstad, Nicole M. McBrier, Craig R. Denegar, Eugene J. Lengerich

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While back pain is common among health care workers in the United States, the epidemiology of back pain is unclear. Objective: The purpose of this study was to estimate the incidence and trend of back pain from work-related injuries among health care workers. Methods: Data from the Pennsylvania Work Injuries and Illnesses Reports from 2002 to 2006 were analyzed. Results: Estimated back injuries account for 24.6% of all reported injuries in healthcare workers in Pennsylvania. From 2002 to 2006, there was a 22.5% increase in the incidence of reported back pain in this population. Conclusions: Due to a lack of detailed reports regarding the incidence of back pain among Pennsylvania healthcare workers, it is recommended that a survey of healthcare workers who perform patient handling be completed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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