Occupational Low Back Injuries

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: April 11, 2023
Number of Pages: 139

Low back disorders are the most common, costly, and disabling of all musculoskeletal health problems. They represent one fo the most common reasons for visits to primary care providers and the single largest category of workers’ compensation claims in most compensation systems. It has been estimated that more than 1 million back injuries are sustained in the workplace each year and, across the U.S., one in five workplace injuries is back-related.

While some causes of back pain are transient and resolve or considerably improve over several weeks, in other cases, symptoms can be recurrent or chronic. Studies have shown that 65% of patients in primary care continued to experience at least mild back pain one month after seeking care for the initial injury, while about 33% reported continuing pain of at least moderate intensity after 12-months.

Disability associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain is an increasingly serious health problem. The direct and indirect costs of chronic disability to the injured worker, employers, and society are enormous. For example, in a study of over 100,000 workers’ compensation claims for low back pain, 10% of claimants were responsible for 86% of the total costs. Furthermore, U.S. companies lose an estimated $225.8 billion each year as a result of back injuries.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to Occupational Low Back Injuries is a comprehensive reference Guide to the medical literature that will be of particular interest to attorneys who represent clients with a work-related back injury who are seeking workers’ compensation for their injury. The articles referenced in this Guide cover all aspects of work-related back injuries in various occupational settings, with an emphasis on some of the risk factors that may result in chronic work disability. The Guide includes 160 journal article references with Abstracts and also includes FREE online access to select articles.

Occupational Low Back Injuries is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 160 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 25 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Occupational Low Back Injuries . The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Workers’ Compensation Status and Outcomes Following Lumbar Surgery.
  • Increased overall and cause-specific mortality associated with disability among workers’ compensation claimants with low back injuries.
  • Workplace risk factors and occupational musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Legal sequelae of occupational back injuries: a longitudinal analysis of Missouri judicial records.
  • Lag Times in Reporting Injuries, Receiving Medical Care, and Missing Work: Associations With the Length of Work Disability in Occupational Back Injuries.
  • Relationship of early magnetic resonance imaging for work-related acute low back pain with disability and medical utilization outcomes.
  • Early predictors of chronic work disability: a prospective, population-based study of workers with back injuries.
  • Early opioid prescription and subsequent disability among workers with back injuries: the Disability Risk Identification Study Cohort.
  • Outcomes in work-related upper extremity and low back injuries
  • Effectiveness of early physical therapy in the treatment of acute low back musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Investigating risk factors for chronicity: the importance of distinguishing between return-to-work status and self-report measures of disability.
  • Predicting return to work after low back injury using the Psychosocial Risk for Occupational Disability Instrument
  • Factor structure of the pain disability index in workers compensation claimants with low back injuries.
  • Are components of a comprehensive medical assessment predictive of work disability after an episode of occupational low back trouble?
  • Determinants of occupational disability following a low back injury: a critical review of the literature.
  • Increased overall and cause-specific mortality associated with disability among workers’ compensation claimants with low back injuries.
  • Effects of the New York State Workers Compensation Board Medical Treatment Guidelines on Return to Work.
  • Spine Surgery Outcomes in Workers’ Compensation Patients.
  • The workers’ compensation system: worker friend or foe?
  • Doctor proactive communication, return-to-work recommendation, and duration of disability after a workers’ compensation low back injury.
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