Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.
Ineffective Treatment Often Prescribed For Lower Back Pain, Report Says
This article by Rina Shaikh-Lesko describes ineffective back pain treatments as shared on National Public Radio.
Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive, highly informative and useful resource for understanding, preventing, and seeking appropriate treatment for back and neck pain and related conditions. This site has been developed by a multi-specialty group of medical professionals.
Keele STarT Back Screening Tool Website
The Keele STarT Back Screening Tool (SBST) is a brief validated tool (Hill et al 2008), designed to screen primary care patients with low back pain for prognostic indicators that are relevant to initial decision making.The use of this tool is free and open to all - no license is required. However, when using the tool please ensure the copyright and funding statement is maintained at all times.
Source: Keele University
Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-Back Pain Shows Promising Results
Low-back pain is a major public health issue in the United States and the main reason why people use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Previous research suggests that yoga, a popular CAM activity, may be beneficial for people with chronic low-back pain; however, many studies have had design flaws. NCCAM-funded researchers at West Virginia University conducted a clinical trial to evaluate the effects of Iyengar yoga on chronic low-back pain.
Take More Breaks to Avoid Back Injury at Work, Study Says
Workers who lift for a living need to take longer or more frequent breaks than they now do to avoid back injury, according to a new study at Ohio State University.
Source: Ohio State University
WorkSafeBC Lift/Lower Calculator
Ever wondered whether a weight was safe to lift? Our new lifting calculator helps estimate whether a lift has a low, moderate, or high risk of injury.
Slide Show: Core exercises Strengthen Abs and Other Core Muscles
MayoClinic provides descriptions of exercises designed to strengthen the core, or trunk, of your body. Strong core muscles — abdominal, back and pelvis — provide support to your spine for everything from walking, lifting and standing to sitting.
Slide show: Stretches you can do in your office
Do your shoulders get tense when you glance at the stack of work piling up on your desk? Does your back ache if you spend too many hours hunched forward over your keyboard?
Back Talk – An Owner’s Manual for Backs (PDF)
The information and advice in this booklet will help you understand how the back works, provide tips for avoiding injury, and show you how to care for your back during recovery.