From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
Low back pain is a costly and often seriously disabling condition that
affects industry in all countries. Low back injuries are a major industrial
cause of disability in the United States, with 2% of the workforce incurring
back injuries each year.1 Back injuries are
the most expensive health care problem for the 30 to 50-year-old age group
and are the leading cause of disability in the United States for persons younger
than 45 years.2 Each year, 15% to 20% of the
US population experiences back problems.2 The
total cost to industry that results from low back pain was estimated to be
between 26.8 billion and 56 billion dollars in 1988.3
Strategies to improve prevention of back injuries in the workplace are therefore
an important public health issue.
Dillingham TR. Lumbar Supports for Prevention of Low Back Pain in the Workplace. JAMA. 1998;279(22):1826-1828. doi:10.1001/jama.279.22.1826