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ID 19518
  Title Low back pain in Hispanic residential carpenters
Journal J Chiropr Med. 2007 Mar;6(1):2-14
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Objective: Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of lost work time and has been recognized as America’s number one workplace safety challenge. Low back pain is occurring at epidemic proportions among construction workers, and minority populations have been underinvestigated for risk of back injury. This project investigated the multiple potential risk factors for occupational LBP among Hispanic residential carpenters.

Methods: This investigation evaluated 241 Hispanic residential framing carpenters. Data for this study were collected using a 91-question survey. End points of interest included point,annual, and lifetime prevalence of LBP.

Results: Nineteen percent of respondents reported they had an episode of LBP in their lifetime.

Conclusions: Hispanic residential carpenters reported less than expected prevalence of LBP compared with non-Hispanic counterparts in the same trade and location. Job tasks and personal and workplace risk factors, including psychological and morphological characteristics, affect the prevalence of LBP among Hispanic framing carpenters.

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