– Edgar Vieira, 2006

Most often, nurses hurt their backs while turning bed-ridden patients or transferring them among stretchers, beds and chairs, Vieira said, adding that orthopedic and intensive care unit (ICU) nurses have the highest rates of lower back pain among all nurses.

According to the study, 65 per cent of orthopedic nurses and 58 per cent of ICU nurses develop debilitating lower back pain at some point in their careers.

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