Nursing belongs to the high-risk jobs, when it comes to back pain.
Back, shoulder and arm pain is no phantom worker‘s complaint but can be caused by duties ranging from heavy lifting to running a cash register. And it costs industry billions, the report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, finds. „Each year, these disorders affect about 1 million workers and cost the nation between $45 billion and $54 billion in compensation expenditures, lost wages, and decreased productivity,“ the Academies added in a statement. „But the problem can be reduced with well-designed intervention programs.“ The problems examined in the report include lower and upper back pain, tendinitis, nonspecific wrist complaints, and carpal tunnel syndrome. „Among men, those who work as construction laborers, carpenters, and operators of industrial truck or tractor equipment are at the highest risk for developing such disorders (MSDs),“ the statement read. „For women, the highest-risk jobs are in nursing or nursing support, and in domestic or commercial cleaning and janitorial work. But these disorders are a problem in many industries — from agriculture, manufacturing, and mining to finance, the service sector, and transportation.“
Factors do not simply include hard physical labor. „A rapid work pace, monotonous work, low job satisfaction, little decision-making power, and high levels of job stress also are associated with back disorders,“ the report said. Other contributors include repetitious movements, vibration, highly demanding jobs and stress.