Title

Changes in Lifting Capacities of Back-Injured Workers Participating in Work Hardening

Publication Date

1-1-1991

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies

Major Advisor

Phyllis J. Edmundson

Advisor

Thel Pearson

Advisor

Jack Hourcade

Abstract

One of the most expensive benign conditions in America today is low back pain and dysfunction (Mayer, Gatchel, Mayer, Kishino, Keeley, & Mooney, 1987). Approximately eight out of ten people will suffer back problems at some time in their lives, with 85% of those experiencing a significant recurrence, usually within the first two years of the initial injury (Bigos, Spengler, Martin, Zeh, Fisher, Nachemson, & Wang, 1986). Back injuries sustained in the workplace have become a major health concern because of their impact, both economically and on quality of life.

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