Examining low back pain prevention strategies in the electrophysiology and catheterization lab

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Nicholas J. Beresic (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pamela Kocher Brown

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the role of exercise and physical activity routines, health education, and continued management support as low back pain prevention strategies in the electrophysiology and catheterization lab (EP/Cath lab) community. To determine whether those individuals who completed more low back pain prevention strategies experience less musculoskeletal symptoms than those individuals who completed fewer, if any, prevention strategies, a survey was administered to two groups of EP/Cath lab professionals. A total of 26 completed surveys were included in the final data set. Low back pain was the most prevalent musculoskeletal symptom recorded, both in terms of trouble in the past 12 months (57.69%) and trouble in the past seven days (19.23%). Furthermore, data trends showed an increase in the prevalence of low back pain as the number of years working in an EP/Cath lab setting increased. Results of an independent t-test indicated that those individuals with low back pain completed more prevention strategies (M=5.8, SD=3.6) than those individuals without low back pain (M=4.9, SD=2.5), but the mean difference was not significant, t(24)=.70, p=.49, d=.28. Finally, a Pearson correlation revealed no significant relationship between the number of prevention strategies completed and the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire number of “Yes” responses, r(24)=-.013, p=.95. As the number of prevention strategies completed was not found to be a predictor of injury, the identification and surveying of EP/Cath lab professionals who regularly complete a relatively high number of prevention strategies is suggested for future research to determine the best course of action to pursue to address musculoskeletal symptoms.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Catheterization, Electrophysiology, Fitness, Health education, Low back pain, Stretching
Backache $x Prevention
Employee health promotion
Hospitals $x Employees $x Health and hygiene

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