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March 7, 2001

Do Back Belts Prevent Back Injury?—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(9):1151-1152. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1151

In Reply: Dr Dorinson suggests that different types of belts or ways of wearing them might prevent disabling back pain. However, there are no substantive scientific data or theoretical rationale for these claims.1 On the other hand, the prospective study by Dr Wassell and colleagues2 indicates that a back belt policy does not prevent disabling back pain at work even for workers who are compliant.

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