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AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Preventing Back Injuries in Health Care

Back injuries are the most common job-related health problem among health care workers and include:

* low back pain,
* herniated discs, a condition in which the discs in the spinal column bulge out, placing pressure on the nerves in the back,
* strained muscles,
* pulled and/or torn ligaments,
* discs break apart due to excessive strain (disc degradation).

The most common symptoms include pain and stiffness in the back. Other symptoms include numbness in the back, legs, or arms, and decreased mobility.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-09-17 13:33:29
Description Back injuries are the most common job-related health problem among health care workers and include:

* low back pain,
* herniated discs, a condition in which the discs in the spinal column bulge out, placing pressure on the nerves in the back,
* strained muscles,
* pulled and/or torn ligaments,
* discs break apart due to excessive strain (disc degradation).

The most common symptoms include pain and stiffness in the back. Other symptoms include numbness in the back, legs, or arms, and decreased mobility.
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Resource Type
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Subject
Source AFSCME
Keyword Worker safety, Health care industry, Back injuries
Selector Stith
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-17 13:27:21
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Date Last Modified 2009-09-17 13:33:29
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-17 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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