A work-related fall or motor vehicle accident can result in a devastating spinal cord injury. This is why emergency responders take such care when they prepare to move someone they suspect has suffered such an injury. This procedure typically includes the use of a backboard or neck brace, as well as other techniques for transporting the accident victim to a hospital.
It is a common story for nurses in Colorado and across the country: Back injuries resulting from the job do not result in adequate workers' compensation coverage.
In many ways, a person with an "incomplete" spinal cord injury has it much better than someone with a "complete" (paralyzing) spinal cord injury. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, you may still be able to walk and have more sensation, better sexual function, and better bladder and bowel control. However, you still face many challenges.
Catastrophic injury specialists make a distinction between "incomplete" spinal cord injuries and "complete" spinal cord injuries. When a person suffers an incomplete injury to the spine, he or she is not fully paralyzed and can still feel some sensation below the point of the injury. In contrast, a complete spinal cord injury means full paralysis.
Around the country, some 400,000 airport and airline employees and vendors must lift heavy luggage every day. This number includes baggage handlers, screeners for the Transportation Security Administration, flight attendants, gate agents, aircraft maintenance, ticket counter personnel, taxi and shuttle drivers all must hoist bags up and down in order to get people places.
Many people, choosing careers, opt against indoor work, cooped up in a factory or office. The outdoors calls to them, and they spend their working lives far from a cubicle.
It's no secret that one of the most dangerous jobs is nursing.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), health care workers (nurses, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants) suffer musculoskeletal injuries at a rate seven times that of workers in other occupations. This is far higher than workers in other physically demanding industries such as construction, mining, and warehousing. Health care employers incur $20 billion in direct and indirect costs related to musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.
Back pain is one of the most common disabling work injuries. In some cases surgery can provide permanent relief. But millions of people face the prospect living with chronic back pain for the rest of their lives. To get relief, some turn to opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But the relief those medications provide come at a terrible price - the risk of opioid addiction. What other treatment options are there for injured workers suffering from chronic back pain?
To a passenger at Denver International Airport, the baggage handling process may appear seamless. The passenger drops a bag at the ticket counter, and if all goes well, it shows up at the passenger's destination as if by magic. But airport workers know what really happens behind the scenes. They know all too well about the physical effort that's required to get a suitcase from one airport to another, and about the injuries that airport workers can suffer as they perform their daily work duties.