According to the American Nurses Association, the incidences of injury at work is on the rise.
These statistics reflect the difficulty of a nurse's duties with regard to patient handling:
- 52% complain of chronic back pain
- 12% of nurses "leaving for good" because of back pain as main contributory factor
- 12% considering leaving profession
- 20% transferred to a different unit, position, or employment because of lower back pain,
- 38% suffered occupational-related back pain severe enough to require leave from work
- 6%, 8% and 11% of RNs reported even changing jobs for neck, shoulder and back problems, respectively
Over the span of a nurse's career, repeated lifting and forceful movements within a restricted space leads to structural musculoskeletal dysfunction. Back pain is a chief complaint and affects the quality of life of the sufferer.
Nurses can benefit from effective preventative, proactive spinal care. An assessment of the spine is very beneficial in preventing the pain and injury that comes from the heavy responsibilities inherent to the nursing profession.