Segments in this Video

That's When My Back Went Out: Introduction (03:31)


The majority of the population has experienced back pain or a back injury; it is difficult to find the solution to back injury prevention. Mike Bracko outlines the six objectives of this discussion.

General Information (03:34)

Approximately 60-80% of the population will experience back pain, spending $31 million on doctor visits. Approximately 1-5% of back injuries occur to the intervertebral disc. Those who sit for longer periods of time have a higher risk of injury.

Stuart McGill (01:47)

McGill researches spinal mechanics using the spines of cadavers. He suggests a 50 minute sitting time limit.

Injury Management (03:50)

The yield of an x-ray is not worth the increased cost and radiation exposure for diagnostic purposes; they only pick up hard tissue. See an MRI image of a herniated disc. Fluid loss in the discs is a natural consequence of aging.

Disc Pressure (02:00)

Bracko explains what happens when a disc herniates. Standing places the least amount of pressure on discs.

Risk Factors (04:26)

Factors include: stress, fatigue, emotional instability, family problems, substance abuse, and smoking.

Risk Factors: Individual (02:21)

Factors include: excessive weight, inactivity, excessive physical activity, incorrect movements, poor muscle endurance, previous back injury, disease state

Risk Factors: Occupational (06:45)

Physical factors include: nurse; truck driver; new young worker; continuous heavy work; static postures; chronic "high risk" posture; repetitive bending, twisting, lifting; slipping or falling; vibration while driving; poor ergonomics; repeated movements; low work satisfaction; low motivation; stress; mental fatigue; and more.

Boeing Study (06:06)

Over 3,000 people participated in the study; 60-65% of risk factors were non-physical. Smoking increases the risk of a back injury by 40%. A back injury is only part of an individual's predicament.

The Real Issue (06:11)

Strains are the most common cause of occupational low back pain; the majority of back pain involves soft tissue. Common mechanisms for injury include: cumulative trauma, repeated incorrect lifting, repeated static postures, chronic physical stress, and more.

Can Back Injuries be Prevented? (07:52)

Bracko makes a joke and discusses biomechanics and ergonomics in terms of injury prevention. Audience members share thoughts on exercises.

Exercises (03:48)

Bracko leads audience members in pain-free range of motion exercises to perform after 50 or more minutes of sitting.

Muscle Endurance (06:24)

Strengthen supporting muscles while maintaining a neutral spine. Learn four recommended exercises to improve your core and McKenzie reversal exercises.

Pre-work Warm-up (01:56)

In a study, approximately 86% of worker injuries involved those who did not participate in a pre-work warm-up. Proper training is important.

Conclusions (01:10)

Bracko reviews seven components of back pain/back injury, and ways to help prevent them.

Credits: That's When My Back Went Out (00:24)

Credits: That's When My Back Went Out

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This video presents an overview of basic injuries as a real-life issue facing every person in the workplace. It details the basic risk factors for back injuries, discusses the underlying mechanisms for back injuries, and addresses the issue of whether back injuries can be prevented. It also offers a series of exercises for strengthening the back.

Length: 63 minutes

Item#: BVL131338

ISBN: 978-1-64023-658-5

Copyright date: ©2012

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