Davis to speak on minimizing lower back pain

Published: Jan 19, 2007 2:53:15 PM
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Kermit Davis from the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati will be the first spring seminar speaker for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His seminar, "Low Back Pain: A Comprehensive Research Approach to Minimizing It," will be held Monday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Dunstan 202. The university community is invited to attend.

The prevalence of employee low back pain (LBP) problems in the workplace indicate that current approaches to its prevention have not been successful. Future initiatives must not only take into account for physical and psychosocial workplace factors, but also include individual characteristics which often hinder a worker's ability to remain on the job. Individuals with different capabilities respond differently to external job demands - adopting different movement profiles, muscle responses and perceptions, all of which impact the risk of an injury. Once an individual becomes injured, neuromuscular adaptations can occur that can lead to further deterioration and possibly complete disability. This lecture will discuss how the understanding of pain pathways and underlying injury mechanisms can lead to a reduction or elimination of lower back disorders in the workplace.