CNAs Suffer More Workplace Injuries Than Any Other ProfessionOctober 23, 2018
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) suffer more injuries while on the job than police officers, correctional officers, and repair workers. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of all injuries reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2012-2014, close to 60 percent of the victims were CNAs.
While these may be surprising statistics to some, the work that CNAs do is often very physical, from helping a patient in and out of bed and other heavy lifting, to repetitive motions that can affect the muscles, nerves, joints, and spine.
Musculoskeletal injuries are very common among CNAs. In fact, CNAs suffer triple the amount of musculoskeletal injuries compared to construction workers. Lifting patients, or moving a patient from one area to another, is a large part of the job. These everyday tasks can take a toll on a person’s body, causing pain in the upper and lower back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet, and hands.
Sudden lifting, or failing to use the proper lifting technique, can cause immediate injuries that are more severe. According to the director of The Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute, any time a CNA lifts a patient, it puts an enormous strain on the spine.
Even the best body mechanics are not going to prevent an individual from back problems if this type of lifting is part of the job.
Examples of CNA Injuries
A survey by The American Nurses Association found that almost all nurses have experienced musculoskeletal pain while on the job, and 80 percent of those respondents said it happened on a regular basis.
The following are examples of common CNA injuries:
- Lateral epicondylitis, or an inflammation of the tendons outside of the elbow
- Medial epicondylitis, which is like tennis elbow, but it originates at the elbow joint
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain syndrome, which is an injury that affects the two tendons that control the thumb
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Thoracic outlet syndrome, which causes pain to the arms and hands
It is important to avoid activities that can aggravate an injury. Workers should pay attention to any symptoms, before they develop into something more serious. Minor injuries can be treated with physical therapy, stretching, and strength-building exercises.
However, if they already have an underlying injury, one sudden movement can trigger a more severe injury. The BLS reports that each year over 35,000 work-related injuries cause CNAs to miss work.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Secure Benefits for Injured CNAs
If you are a CNA and you have suffered a work-related injury, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We understand the nature of the work that you do, and how physically demanding it can be. We are committed to protecting your rights and securing the maximum financial benefits you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.