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Overexertion Injuries in the Back

Healthcare is a high-risk industry for back pain and injury.

While a provider who works with patients in the home setting does many of the same tasks as a worker in a hospital, his or her work environment is vastly different. Patient care tasks in the home setting are often made more difficult by:

  • Patient incapacity
  • Small or cluttered rooms
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of assistive equipment/devices

As a result, home healthcare workers have higher rates of injuries and illness than healthcare workers in other settings. Healthcare workers in general have higher rates of back pain and injury than workers in any other industry.

While injury rates are high, a home healthcare worker can reduce his or her likelihood of injury. This course will teach you:

  • How back injury occurs
  • The basic structure and function of the spine
  • How to properly use the back and spine during sleeping, sitting, standing, and lifting
  • How to reduce your risk of back injury

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the occurrence of back pain and injury among workers in the United States
  • List risk factors for back injury
  • Describe basic spinal anatomy and physiology
  • Discuss safe operation of the spine during sleeping, sitting, standing, and lifting
  • List the differences between lifting an object and moving a patient
  • Describe safe practices for handling patients
  • Discuss the importance of proper posture and regular exercise for back health