Low back Injury Prevention
•80%- 90% of all adults suffer with Low back pain •Low back pain is the leading cause of disability for people under age 45 •Low back pain is the second leading cause of doctors visits •Low back pain is the third leading cause for hospital admissions •Annual cost of back pain in the US is 50-100 billion yearly •There are 32 million case of low back pain a year
The cost of back pain in the workplace
It is estimated that in the United States last year, the total cost of back pain from back disorders in the workplace, was between $50 billion to $100 billion.
This figure includes the cost of medical care, absence from work, social costs, personal loss and disability payments. Medical care and disability payments account for about half of total costs.
In 1986, Liberty Mutual reported that its average medical cost per back injury claim was $6,800. That would be closer to $11,500 in 2007 dollars. Twenty-five percent of all workers will need medical care for back injuries. The good news about work-related back injuries is that this injury has the highest return to work percentage of all injuries suffered in the workplace.
General safety promotion in the workplace and an understanding of the limitations of the human body do lower costs.
In theory, improving body mechanics, strengthening muslces, and back injury awareness should reduce back injuries. A Toronto study found that claims were reduced 145% by teaching workers how to lift properly, exercise and avoid injury.
Our solution to low back injuries in the workplace is education, demonstration and encouragement to take personal responsibility for the health of your spine. We educate the employees about the functional structure of the low back, postitions and the time of day that make it most vulnerable to injury. We perform a demonstration with your employees with the products they use most often. We also teach them how to properly care for their back when it has been injured, to minimize pain and time off work. No, we don't do this with one of those boring video presentation. We have real doctors who specialize in spinal correction and spinal hygene on a daily basis donate their time and provide a twenty minute presentation. This provides external credibility that you as the safety manager, someone they see everyday, may not have with your own employees.
Hormones & Weight Loss Workshop
Obesity in America has reached a level of epidemic proportion.
Two out of every three Americans are overweight, with the obesity rate for American workers rising almost 10 percent over the last decade.
Twenty-seven percent of the overweight population are dangerously obese, and these numbers are still on the rise.
For an employer,
This translates to increased health care costs, higher workman's compensation claims, more absenteeism and reduced productivity.
It is common knowledge that obesity has an extremely negative impact on the individual, but its effects are far more reaching and spill over into the workplace causing economic problems as well.
Dr. Trulls Ostbye,
professor of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University, stated, "Given the strong link between obesity and workman's compensation costs, maintaining healthy weight is not only important to workers but also should be a high priority for employers."
On April 23, 2007, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study by researchers from Duke University of the records of almost 12,000 employees of Duke University Medical Center who received health risk appraisals between 1997 and 2004. The analysis covered a diverse group of workers such as administrative assistants, grounds keepers, nurses and professors.
The research looked at the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the rate of worker compensation claims. BMI takes into account a person's height and weight and is considered the most accurate measure of obesity. A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. Researchers found that workers with a BMI greater than 40 had 11.65 claims per 100 workers compared to 5.8 claims per 100 workers with a normal BMI. (That is twice as much)
Obese workers averaged 183 lost days of work per 100 workers compared to around 14 lost days per 100 workers with a normal BMI.
(That is 13 times as much)
The average medical claims cost per 100 workers was $51, 019 for obese workers compared to $7,503 for workers with a normal BMI.
(Almost 7 times as much)
This study is one of many that documents the negative effects of obesity in the workplace. Research shows that worker's physical fitness has a significant impact on work performance, work quality, and interpersonal communications in the work place.
Fit employees have less illness, less absenteeism, higher productivity, more self-confidence and generally have a better attitude towards their jobs, co-workers, and supervisors. Fit workers save companies money.
It is apparent that having fit employees is a vital aspect of the American work force.
There are endless options for achieving personal health and fitness including numerous fad diets, medical procedures and weight-loss pills, but the most effective and lasting solution to this problem is an overall change in lifestyle.
What does back pain cost you ?
Carpel Tunnel Syndrom
In recent years, reports of repetitive motion injuries have risen dramatically in workplaces across the country. These problems, frequently termed "Cumulative Trauma Disorders" are being reported at alarming rates in all types of workplaces - from meatpacking plants to newspaper pressrooms. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “disorders associated with repeated trauma” account for about 60% of all occupational illnesses. Of all these disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome is the condition most frequently reported.
How Large a Problem is CTS?
In the past ten years, more and more cases of workers afflicted with CTS have been reported in medical literature. One reason for this increase may be that automation and job specialization have fragmented workers' tasks to the point where a given job may involve only a few manipulations performed thousands of times per workday. Increased awareness of work-related risk factors in the onset of CTSis reflected in the growing number of requests for health hazard evaluations (HHEs) received by NIOSH to investigate such suspected problems. NIOSH received about three times as many HHE requests related to hand and wrist pain in 1992 as compared to 1982
What are the Symptoms of CTS?
The symptoms of CTS often first appear as painful tingling in one or both hands during the night, frequently painful enough to disturb sleep. Accompanying this is a feeling of uselessness in the fingers, which are sometimes described as feeling swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. As symptoms increase, tingling may develop during the day, commonly in the thumb, index, and ring fingers. A decreased ability and power to squeeze things may follow. In advanced cases, the thenar muscle at the base of the thumb atrophies, and strength is lost.
Many patients with CTS are unable to differentiate hot from cold by touch, and experience an apparent loss of strength in their fingers. They appear clumsy in that they have trouble performing simple tasks such as tying their shoes or picking up small objects.
What Causes CTS?
As stated earlier, swelling of the tendons that line the carpal tunnel causes CTS. Although there are many reasons for developing this swelling of the tendon, it can result from repetitive and forceful movements of the wrist during work and leisure activities. Research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicates that job tasks involving highly repetitive manual acts, or necessitating wrist bending or other stressful wrist postures, are connected with incidents of CTS or related problems. The use of vibrating tools also may contribute to CTS. Moreover, it is apparent that this hazard is not confined to a single industry or job but occurs in many occupations
especially those in the manufacturing sector. Indeed, jobs involving cutting, small parts assembly, finishing, sewing, and cleaning seem predominantly associated with the syndrome. The factor common in these jobs is the repetitive use of small hand tools.
Health Fair Participation
We always enjoy being a part of local company health fairs
We have three different pieces of equipment we use:
All of the equipment listed above is designed to detect the presense of vertebral subluxations. These vertebral subluxations can cause the onset of degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis.
Early detection can prevent the raveges of this progressive degenerative disorder.
It can save a person years and years of pain as well as a tremendous amount of money.
A person with the above condition is more likely to have a work related injury as well.
What does sEMG stand for?
This noninvasive procedure "listens" to your nervous system like a high-tech stethoscope.
sEMG stands for Surface Electromyography. SEMG is a device that measures the amount of electrical activity your muscles release when they are contracting, more commonly known as muscle tension. It is similar in function to an EKG that measures heart muscle activity.
Is it painful?
Not at all. IT is totally non-invasive and does not cause pain or irritation. This makes it totally safe for infants, children, pregnant women or seniors. It simply requires the placement of small probes against the skin, with the test taking less than a few minutes.
Why is muscle activity important?
Muscles have a tendency to “brace” in response to spinal misalignments known as Vertebral Subluxations. These Subluxations create nerve interference which affect muscles, blood vessels and internal organs.
What do the results mean?
Colors indicate levels of tension: average are green, pink are moderately high, and red are high levels of tension. Yellow readings indicate abnormally low, or fatigued muscles. Arrows indicate an imbalance.
How does this relate to chiropractic?
Vertebral Subluxations reduce your body’s ability to maintain optimal health. When Vertebral Subluxations are present, the nervous system is negatively affected resulting in increases or decreases in muscle activity. The sEMG shows the muscular component of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
The Chiropractor’s job is to detect and correct these vertebral Subluxations by a simple and effective procedure called an “adjustment”.
How do chiropractic adjustments affect my sEMG?
The Chiropractic Adjustment has many positive benefits to your nervous system. In most cases, the sEMG normalizes and balances.
Why do chiropractors use computerized spinal examination?
At a modern Chiropractic Office, your Doctor is committed to using the highest quality research and clinical grade instrumentation available for the purpose of detecting and correcting the Vertebral Subluxation.
What is Thermography?
The difference in blood flow creates difference in temperature as displayed by color bars. The further the bar extends, the greater the injury, spinal dysfunction or subluxation.
SEMG and Thermography data help you chiropractor determine the type of care best suited to your needs. Your chiropractic progress will be evaluated with follow up testing.
Spinal Analysis Machine
The SAM unit shows postural deviations and uses bilateral scales to look for abnormal weight distribution. Deviations from normal posture and weight imbalances lead to increased friction in the joints and vertebral structures which causes premature wear and tear also known as Osteoarthritis.
Platinum Digital Foot Scaner
Show and Tell
Instead of telling your patients about their postural imbalances, you can show them. Your patients have probably never seen their own foot scan, so they will not know what their feet are supposed to look like. Patients can easily see areas of asymmetry when they compare colorized versions of their foot scan with a balanced, symmetrical scan. Once patients have seen their foot scans, they are more likely to understand how custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers could help them.
The Associate Platinum gives your patients visual proof of their imbalances. It's more than just a few pictures of their foot scan; there are clear explanations to help your patients understand the connection between their feet and their postural imbalances. The digital scanning system also generates a comprehensive report of findings written in language that patients can understand.
Dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming. That's why Foot Levelers developed a report of findings that serves two purposes. The report is good for increasing patient acceptance and for insurance companies. It's an effective way to explain patients' postural imbalances and why the patients' stabilizers should be covered by insurance. The Associate Platinum's software provides the latest insurance codes to make sure that you the get the maximum reimbursement.
Research has proven that the weight-bearing scanning method is the most reliable, accurate, and effective process for providing patients with optimal stabilizer fit and support. The Associate Platinum uses this method to ensure that your patients get the correct amount of support they need. The digital scan is sent to Foot Levelers, where its lab technicians take 16 precise measurements from the image to create a pair of stabilizers that are an exact fit for the patient. Foot Levelers has used the weight-bearing method since its formation nearly 55 years ago.
The colorized image produced from the digital scan shows the weight distribution on both of the patient's feet. The Associate Platinum's report of findings also generates possible conditions that could account for your patients' postural imbalances, based on the symptoms they presented.