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Radiologists face the risk of back problems from work

North Carolina residents might think about accident-related injuries when they consider workers' compensation claims. However, these aren't the only hazards that workers face. Some professionals, including those in the medical field, are at risk of experiencing cumulative trauma injuries.

It's important to note that some careers are associated with specific injuries. Radiologists, for example, face a higher risk of lower back and neck pain. In the past, a radiologist would review films. This allowed them to hold the file in a comfortable position. However, the images that radiologists now review are digital. This means that they have to look at a computer screen to see them. Because most computer monitors aren't exactly at eye level, the radiologist might have to bend for a better view.

Depending on where the radiologist works, the bending could be from a standing position, which could put pressure on the lower back and the neck. When the radiologist is working from a seated position, the bending might not be as great. In these cases, however, trying to stretch to get closer to the screen might put a strain on the neck.

Medical centers should do what they can to help protect the radiologists who work at their facilities. Providing standing desks and ergonomic accessories that allow images to be viewed in a natural position could help to prevent the cumulative motion injuries that come with unnatural positioning.

For professionals who suffer from cumulative motion injuries, workers' compensation benefits might be in order. Filing for these benefits won't take away the pain, but it can help a pained worker pay for the medical help they need.

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