LOW BACK PAIN IN WOODTURNERS
SURVEY CONCERNING THE PREVALENCE OF LOW BACK PAIN IN WOODTURNERS
1) Do you have low back pain that limits or otherwise affects your ability to turn?
If your answer is ‘no’, you may stop here and submit your reply. Thank you.
2) Have you previously had low back pain that limited your ability to turn but have recovered?
3) Did you or are you now seeing a health care provider for low back pain?
4) Did you have any imaging studies of your low back? (MRI Scan, CT Scan, X Ray, Isotope Scan, Myelogram, Thermogram)
5) Were you given a specific diagnosis or explanation for your low back pain?
If yes, what diagnosis were you given? (Choose all that apply)
Herniated lumbar disc or discs/ "Bulging" disc/"Slipped" disc
Arthritis or degeneration of the lumbar spine
Pinched nerve root(s)/Lumbar radiculopathy
Osteoporosis/Lumbar compression fracture(s)
Muscle strain/pulled muscles
Facet Arthropathy/Facet joint arthritis
Weak muscles/Bad posture
6) What treatment was given or prescribed by your health care provider? (Choose all that apply)
Heat &/or Ice
Yoga or other stretching techniques
Weight loss programs
TNS/TENS/Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Anti-inflammatory Drugs (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen)
Opioid Drugs (Codeine, hydrocodone, others)
Spinal Injections (Epidurals, Nerve blocks, Facet blocks)
Instruction in biomechanics -- proper lifting and bending techniques
7) What treatment did you undertake on your own? (Choose all that apply)
Heat &/or Ice
Yoga/or other stretching regimens
8) How much is/was your turning limited by low back pain? (Choose the most applicable)
Couldn’t/can’t turn at all
Can stand and turn for up to 1 hour
Can stand and turn for up to 2 hours
Can stand and turn for up to 3 hours
Must sit to turn
9) What modifications at the lathe have you made to enable turning? (Choose any that apply)
Changed lathe height
Have something to lean against
Wear back brace
Do intermittent stretching exercises
Alternate sitting and standing
Special floor pads &/or shoes
10) What other aspects of woodturning are hampered? (Choose all that apply)
Harvesting and loading logs
Use of chain saw
Trimming blanks on the band saw
Mounting blanks on the lathe
11) Which statement best summarizes your approach to turning with your back pain? (Choose most applicable)
It goes with the territory, so I grin and bear it.
I’ll stop or not, depending on the moment.
I have no choice but to stop when I’m hurting.
I deal with the pain after I’ve finished what I’ve started.
I can manage it with rest breaks and stretching.
I can manage it by being careful about lifting, position, and movement.
I’m going to hurt no matter what, so I go ahead until I can’t stand it.
Comments - Anything else you would like us to know? (Optional)
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