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Arkansas Spine Health

April 29, 2011

Arkansas spine health

How do Arkansans stack up when it comes to spine health?

Here are some facts to consider:

  • In Arkansas, 24% of work-related injuries requiring time off from work are back problems.
  • The average number of days out of work was 6 in Arkansas, 7 nationally.
  • Most likely to hurt their backs? Service workers.
  • Most common type of injury? Sprains and strains.
  • Falls, overexertion, and lifting caused the most back injuries.
  • In the nation overall, work-related back injuries declined by more than 1/3 during the first decade of the 20th century. Arkansas saw about a 10% decrease in the same time.
  • During the same time period, the amount spent on treating back injuries has increased by 65%.
  • Spinal cord injuries are as frequent in Arkansas as in the rest of the country, but we have more auto accidents leading to injuries — about 50% more.
  • Top causes of spinal cord injuries in Arkansas: auto accidents, falls, diving, and gunshot wounds.

All in all, we’re pretty typical, but we could improve. If you’re ready to improve our scorecard as a state by improving your own back health, contact Innovative Spine Rehab.

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