How to Reduce the Other Two Thirds of Your Back Pain Losses

Description: Back pain is responsible for more workers compensation costs than any other type of injury. A promising new theory is that the pain is due to noxious or inflammatory effects of proteoglycans, leaking through cracks in the outer layers of the disc. The most effective back pain reduction approaches and task redesign can only reduce about one-third of all back pain claims. That means that two-thirds of the claims will persist. Future success in back pain claim and disability reduction lies in a multi-factorial approach, including task redesign, but emphasizing self-care for back pain and enhancing supervisor response to injured workers.
  Instructor(s): George E. Brogmus, Liberty Mutual, Burbank, CA
  Level: I A