Archive for the ‘occupational injury’ category

The Lumbago Top Ten

May 3, 2013

[originally published in KCN, March 2006]

Question.  What do construction workers and nursing home workers have in common?  Delivery drivers and police officers?  Auto mechanics and farmers?  It’s a real stumper, isn’t it?   And while you search your brain for a common denominator for these seemingly dissimilar jobs, let me give you one that’s unlikely to roll off your tongue anytime soon:  they all made the American Chiropractic Association’s list of the “Top Ten Back Breaking Jobs.”  What’s more, these jobs, along with three others I didn’t mention, share something else in common:  they weren’t awarded the number one spot.

Top 10 Back Breaking Jobs

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The 8 Second Adjustment

February 1, 2013

[originally published in KCN, September 2002 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Rodeo Cowboy cartoonThe crowd is tense.  Excitement is in the air.  The gate springs open, and out pops a wild bucking bronco with a cowboy clutched atop.  As the bronco tries with all of its might to rid itself of this odd, restrictive force it senses on its back, the brave cowboy tries with equal might to hang on like glue — body being bumped, jerked, and whipped in every direction imaginable — all while trying to look “good” during this brawl between man and beast.   As the second clock speeds along, the music from the PA system blares, the crowd cheers, and the announcer keeps it all going full throttle.  In what seems like a blink of an eye to the fans — but more like days to the brave cowboy — the eight second buzzer sounds, signaling that his ride is over, and his score awaits.  Hopefully the rescue cowboys will be along soon for an easy dismount.  Of course, the other option is being bucked off, slammed to the ground, and possibly stepped on.  Ahh yes, the rodeo is in town!  And while it only comes once a year to Kitsap County, to the cowboys (and girls) this is just another day at the office.  For while the fans that night will only see these cowboys perform once, chances are, their calendars are booked for two, three, maybe four, different rodeos that week.  How do they do it — again, and again, and again?  For many, the answer is chiropractic.

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Crowbars and Chiropractic

August 30, 2010

[originally published in KCN, September 2010 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

“Crowbars and chiropractic.”  Two words that have sort of an odd relationship at first glance.  But as a chiropractor, I contend it is because of crowbars, new clientele seek me out.  Let me explain.

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Cost-Effective Strategies When Your Employee is on L and I

August 1, 2009

[originally published in GKCCC Newsletter, May 2009, and then in KCN, August 2009]

Counting moneyIronically, the biggest driver of  costs associated with work injury claims often is not the actual health care rendered to the injured worker, but rather the amount of time-loss wages paid to the worker themselves.  And, for us employers, this usually translates to the ever-dreaded premium hike.  So what’s a cash-strapped employer to do when one of his workers is stricken with a debilitating work injury?
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Back Belts: My Two Cents

July 10, 2009

[originally published in KCN, November 1999]

belt-two-centsEvery time I visit one of those “warehouse super-mega stores” I cringe when I see the employees outfitted with back belts as part of their official garb.  Not because I’m judging it as some sort of fashion faux pas, but because I know the employer’s purpose of wanting to keep their work comp claims to a minimum, by preventing lower  back injuries with these belts, is unfounded.   As a matter of fact, these well meaning employers might actually be doing their employees’ backs more harm than good.  (more…)

Employees with “Back Smarts” Just Might Move You to the Head of the Class

June 26, 2009

[originally published in GKCCC Newsletter, April 2009 and then in the July 2009 KCN]

backpain-worker1Described as the “nemesis of medicine and the albatross of industry,”  it’s no wonder that countries across our globe seek to tame the ugly woes of good ol’ fashioned back pain.  Statisticians tell us that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives and of this about 35% will be work-related.

Recently, I ran across a very interesting research article published about a decade ago from “Down Under” in the Australasian Chiropractic and Osteopathy journal that investigated an intriguing way of facing this so called “albatross” —an albatross that costs them an estimated $8 billion annually in disability and lost production. (more…)

On-the-Job Back Injuries and Chronic Disability

May 29, 2009

[originally published in KCN, June 2009]

chronic disabilityWhile it goes without saying that no employer relishes the thought of having one of his employees on L&I due to a work injury, having that same work injury blossom into a long-term, chronic disability is enough to make any boss lose his lunch.

And while most work injuries do not turn into chronic disabilities, that fact is, some do.  As employers (or employees for that matter), is there any way we can see this coming?  Are there any risk factors to watch for, and if so, are there ways we can reduce these risks?

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