Spine compression characteristics associated with back pain symptoms of healthcare workers

Uwe Reischl, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Christine Swoboda

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    8-hour work induced spine compression and subsequent recovery in response to a 15-minute rest period was studied. Eighteen employees at a regional medical center participated in the study. Seven of the subjects reported experiencing chronic back pain during the previous six months while eleven subjects reported being symptom free. Eight-hour work induced spine compression observed for the symptomatic employees was found to be significantly higher than the spine compression observed for the asymptomatic employees. The results revealed that spine compression and recovery characteristics can be used to differentiate chronic back pain employees from asymptomatic employees. A diagnostic model was created yielding a positive predictive value of 75% and a negative predictive value of 90%. Use of such a method to identify employees potentially at increased risk of work related chronic back pain is suggested.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Aspects of Healthcare
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781439870228
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


    • Back pain diagnostics
    • Spine compression and recovery
    • Work induced stature changes


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