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Low back disability in industry: updated position.

Authors
Rowe-ML
Source
J Occup Med 1971 Oct; 13(10):476-478
NIOSHTIC No.
00109922
Abstract
The incidence of low back disability in workers was studied. Data was collected for 237 subjects aged 62 to 65, for whom work and medical records were available, including complete clinical, X-ray, and laboratory evaluations. Of these subjects, 56 percent had experienced severe low back pain and 44 percent had no record of medical treatment for low back pain. In subjects who had received medical treatment, 69 percent had degenerated intervertebral discs, 58 percent had osteoarthritis, and 28 percent had abnormalities of the unilateral ankle reflex. Of those who had received no treatment, the corresponding percentages were 19, 41, and 1. There were no significant differences between workers with strenuous or desk jobs in the incidence of disc degeneration, but workers with strenuous jobs received more medical treatment for back pain than desk workers. The author concludes that efforts to manage the low back problem in industry must be directed at minimizing disability by workplace and job design, patient education, and regular careful followup, exercise programs and rehabilitation of the patient.
Keywords
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Author; Morbidity-rates; Medical-examinations; Spinal-cord; Bone-disorders; Humans; Worker-health; Health-care-facilities
CODEN
JOCMA7
Publication Date
19711001
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1972
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0096-1736
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Medicine
State
NY
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