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What does Your Job Say About Your Back Health: Nurse’s Edition

Every job has its own set of risks for the spine

It may surprise you to learn that nursing as a profession has a higher incidence of back-pain related work injuries than construction workers. The healthcare improvement company Premier, Inc. reports that, “six of the top 10 professions at greatest risk for back injury are: nurse’s aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, health aides, radiology technicians, and physical therapists.” Now why is that exactly? 

Back pain and nursing

Not many people think about it but, by the nature of their jobs, nurses have to do a fair bit of lifting; and what’s more, human bodies are among the most awkward objects to lift. Whether it be assisting a patient in moving from lying to sitting, transporting someone to an examination table or preventing a fall, nurses are often compelled to make awkward movements that strain the soft tissues in their backs. Over time, the trauma can compound and cause more serious, long-term injuries. Here are some steps nurses can take to prevent back pain on the job: 

  • Lift with your legs whenever possible
  • Maintain awareness of posture 
  • Wear supportive footwear
  • Consider changing specializations: certain specializations have a higher incidence for back pain than others. 
  • Seek out employment at places with advanced technology such as ceiling lifters that take the responsibility for lifting out of your hands. 

How chiropractic supports our nurses. 

It is a sad irony that health workers are among the most at-risk people for back injuries. At OFW Chiropractic, our job is to make sure your job isn’t taking an irreversible toll out of your back. If you or any nurse you know is experiencing back pain related to their job, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

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