Between lifting patients, constantly standing on their feet and rushing from room to room, nurses experience intense physical demand on the job. In fact, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing ranks as one of the occupations with the most nonfatal musculoskeletal injuries.
To continue working and still remain safe, it is important for nurses to take as good care of themselves as their patients, especially when it comes to back pain. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that 29 percent of registered nurses experience back pain. Here is how health care professionals can do their part to protect their own well-being:
Wear the right shoes
Scrubs Magazine explained that poor fitting shoes can contribute to back pain, shin splints and plantar fasciitis in nurses. Find shoes that are as supportive as you are! A study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics recommended that nurses select shoes with heel heights between 0.71 and 1.42 inches and substantial arch support.
Practice proper posture
The way in which you stand can also impact your risk for developing back pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, slouching puts extra strain on the muscles and ligaments, which can lead to lower back pain. To prevent this issue, stand up straight like your mother has always told you! Specifically, pull in your stomach, let your shoulders roll back and keep your chin level with the floor.
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