Police Officer Back Health

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Anderson et al. (2011) The Journal of Criminal Justice Research 2(1)

The purpose of this study was to examine the extent of, and factors related to, lower back pain (LBP) in municipal police officers. Officers (n=30) completed a multi-categorical questionnaire investigating factors associated with LBP, and the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire. Of the 21 officers returning complete data, 86% reported having back pain, with 6% having moderate disability. Fifty-five percent reported occasional back pain, and 10% reported daily pain. Pain was most often associated with muscular strain and ligament sprain (33%), while treatment sought ranged considerably. Officers reported pain to limit prolonged standing (37%), sitting (27%), and sleep quality (53%). Data suggests that police officers are at a high risk of lower back pain, while its frequency and intensity may be related to the physical requirements of the job.

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