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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-77

Prevention of occupational Back Pain


Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Dammam, College of Medicine, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Sultan T Al-Otaibi
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Dammam, P.O. Box: 2208, Al-Khobar 31952
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8229.155370

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This paper reviews scientific research on occupational back pain and focuses on prevention of this problem. It discusses some of the challenges of translating the evidence of this multi-factorial condition into policy. Medical science is currently unable to clearly distinguish between back pain caused by work and that possibly due to other causes but which affects the individual's capacity to work. Back pain affects the vast majority of people at some point in their lives and is very costly to both the health care system and the industry. Evidence suggests that heavy lifting, driving, and vibration of the whole body are linked to occupational back pain. Once the risk factors for occupational back pain are identified, an otherwise chronic and disabling condition can be prevented in the majority of patients. As explained in this article, three levels of prevention for occupational back pain have been reported as effective. Failure to implement preventive measures may lead to a high incidence of occupational back pain.


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