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15 Shocking Back Injury Statistics

15 Shocking Back Injury Statistics

When you suffer from a back problem you may feel isolated, however these shocking back injury statistics highlight the frequency of back injuries within our society, occupations that are most at risk from back injuries and the amount that is spent by the US on treatment every year. You may be surprised!

1) About 80% of adults are estimated to experience a back injury in their lifetime… with roughly 10% suffering a re-injury.

2) More than one million back injuries are sustained in the workplace every year.

3) Back injuries account for one in every five injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Back injuries account for one in every five injuries and illnesses in the workplace
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4) 80% of these injuries are associated with manual materials handling tasks.

5) Six occupations accounted for more than 25% of ergonomic injuries, with Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Trucker Drivers suffering the most:

  1. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  2. Laborers and Freight
  3. Stock and Material Movers
  4. Nursing Assistants
  5. Janitors and Cleaners
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Maintenance and Repair Workers

6) Back injuries are the most common reason for nonattendance in the general workforce, after the common cold.

7) Up to 1/3 of back injuries could be prevented through a better designed job workspace.

8) Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.

Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide
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9) Back injuries made up 41% of ergonomic injury cases.

10) In the US, back disorders account for over 24% of all occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work.

11) US workers who suffered ergonomic injuries required an average of 12 days to recuperate before returning to work.

12) Workers in the Healthcare industry sustain 4.5 times more overexertion injuries than any other type of worker.

13) Work-related back injuries and illnesses are caused mainly by repeated lifting of materials, sudden movements, whole body vibration, lifting and twisting at the same time, or bending over for long periods of time, rather than major illness.

14) Low back pain is 7.7% more common in high-income areas of North America.

15) In the US, more than $50 billion is spent each year trying to treat back pain.

References

  1. The Good Body (2016) 30 Of The Most Surprising (And Alarming) Back Pain Statistics. [Online] Available from: http://www.thegoodbody.com/back-pain-statistics/#numbers [Accessed 15 October 2016].
  2. Cone Health (2012) Back Injury Statistics. [Online] Available from: https://localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/back-injury-and-surgery-statistics.pdf [Accessed 23 October 2016].
  3. University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (2005) Back Injuries. [Online] Available from: https://www.des.umd.edu/compliance/factsheet/back.html [Accessed 15 October 2016].
  4. University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (see footnote 3)
  5. University of Maryland – Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (see footnote 3)
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2014. [Online] Available from: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh2.nr0.htm [Accessed 15 October 2016].
  7. Cone Health (see footnote 2)
  8. Oklahoma State University (2016) U.S. Department of Labor, Back Injuries – The Nation’s #1 Workplace Safety Problem. [Online] Available from: http://www.ehs.okstate.edu/training/oshaback.htm [Accessed 15 October 2016].
  9. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – The Eular Journal (2014) The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. [Online] Available from: http://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2014/02/14/annrheumdis-2013-204428 [Accessed 15 October 2016].
  10. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (see footnote 6)
  11. Cone Health (see footnote 2)
  12. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticss (see footnote 6)
  13. Cone Health (see footnote 2)
  14. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases – The Eular Journal (see footnote 6)
  15. The Center for Construction Research and Training (2007) Back Injuries and Illnesses in Construction and Other Industries. [Online] Available from: http://naturalstatehealthcenter.com/why-chiropractic-adjustments-are-better-than-muscle-relaxants/ [Accessed 23 October 2016].

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