Research: CARTER and COLLEAGUES,

Listed in Issue 193

Abstract

CARTER and COLLEAGUES, US Army Health Clinic, Dugway, UT, USA. catherine.carter@us.army.mil review the extent and effects of chronic low back pain as a work-related disability upon employees' ability to remain active and productive members of the work force. 

Background

Low back pain is common and poses a challenge for clinicians to find effective treatment to prevent it from becoming chronic. Chronic low back pain can have a significant impact on an employee's ability to remain an active and productive member of the work force due to increased absenteeism, duty restrictions, or physical limitations from pain.

Methodology

Low back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability among employees younger than 46 years.

Results

Advancing technology and less invasive surgical procedures have not improved outcomes for employees who suffer from low back pain. Most continue to experience some pain and dysfunction after conventional treatments such as injections and surgery.

Conclusion

An alternative treatment that could reduce nonspecific chronic low back pain would benefit both employees and employers. Exercising and remaining active are part of most guidelines' routine care recommendations but are not well defined.

References

Carter C,  Stratton C and  Mallory D. Yoga to treat nonspecific low back pain. [Review] AAOHN Journal. 59(8): 355-61; quiz 362. Aug 2011.

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