Back problems are consistently the most common disabling conditions reported by AgrAbility clients. In fact, back problems are some of the most common complaints by workers in all industries, and they often result in lost work time. While back problems are challenging, they can be managed.
This 21-page booklet discusses many aspects of back problems in agricultural settings, including: types of back problems, causes of back problems, preventing back problems, managing back problems, and treatment for back problems.
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The AgrAbility Project in Arkansas developed low back injury resource packet that covers stabilizing approaches, such as modified work practices and exercises targeting the trunk and core to help reduce the risk of developing low back pain.
This 12-page technical report, published in 1997, discusses many topics related to back problems in agriculture and includes several case sudies.
This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides basic information on ergonomics for farm workers and includes tip sheets for making low-cost tools and modifications.