Back Pain in NursesNurses and back pain are the subjects of this study. The authors followed 174 female nurses from the time they entered nursing school until five years into their nursing careers. Episodes of back pain were recorded and monitored.
Here's what they found:
first year in school; this was before the students had patient contact
during their nursing years
and bent postures
The authors conclude it may be possible to predict which nurses will develop back pain during their early years of nursing. It seems that pain and symptoms are already present and get triggered or made worse during school/work.
Tapio Videman, MD, DMSci, et al. Low Back Pain Among Nurses. In Spine. October 15, 2005. Vol. 30. No. 20. Pp. 2334-2341.
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