Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities

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Overview

Every year workers' low-back, hand, and arm problems lead to time away from jobs and reduce the nation's economic productivity. The connection of these problems to workplace activities-from carrying boxes to lifting patients to pounding computer keyboards-is the subject of major disagreements among workers, employers, advocacy groups, and researchers.

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace examines the scientific basis for connecting musculoskeletal disorders with the workplace, considering people, job tasks, and work environments. A multidisciplinary panel draws conclusions about the likelihood of causal links and the effectiveness of various intervention strategies. The panel also offers recommendations for what actions can be considered on the basis of current information and for closing information gaps.

This book presents the latest information on the prevalence, incidence, and costs of musculoskeletal disorders and identifies factors that influence injury reporting. It reviews the broad scope of evidence: epidemiological studies of physical and psychosocial variables, basic biology, biomechanics, and physical and behavioral responses to stress. Given the magnitude of the problem-approximately 1 million people miss some work each year-and the current trends in workplace practices, this volume will be a must for advocates for workplace health, policy makers, employers, employees, medical professionals, engineers, lawyers, and labor officials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309072847
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive Summary 1
Pt. I Introduction
1 Introduction 17
2 Dimensions of the Problem 38
3 Methodological Issues and Approaches 65
Pt. II Review of the Evidence
4 Epidemiologic Evidence 85
5 Tissue Mechanobiology 184
6 Biomechanics 219
7 Occupational Stress 287
8 Interventions in the Workplace 301
9 Work Now and in the Future 330
Pt. III Implications
10 Patterns of Evidence 351
11 Conclusions and Recommendations 364
12 Research Agenda 370
References 375
App. A Answers to Questions Posed by Congress 431
App. B Dissent, Robert M. Szabo 439
App. C Panel Response to the Dissent 458
App. D Contributors to the Report 461
App. E Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff 465
Index 471
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