Don’t let back pain end your career as a caregiver

Caregiving is a dangerous job. Back injuries are a serious risk of professional and informal caregiving. Safe lifting techniques and preventive stretching are not enough to completely protect caregivers from the physical strain of the job, but they do have an impact on reducing injury.

Healthcare workers often experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at a rate exceeding that of workers in construction, mining, and manufacturing. CDC

The infographic below has some great stretches for avoiding back injuries. If you’d like to see someone demonstrate the technique, PhysEd has you covered.

Image source:, by Andrea Metcalf.

Protecting professional caregivers

Some hospitals have done little to protect their workers from permanent disability, while others are making great strides in worker protection. What does your employer do to protect you from getting injured on the job? Share your experience in the comments below or on the forums.

About Cori Carl

As Director, Cori develops our comprehensive global communications and development strategy. She’s constantly tweaking our services based on data-driven marketing metrics and feedback from caregivers. She works to grow our community and build the reputation of The Caregiver Space by amplifying the message on social media, cultivating relationships with experts, creating organizational partnerships, and earning media coverage. She’s an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for Caregivers.

Cori joined The Caregiver Space after a decade of serving as a communications consultant for a number of nonprofit organizations and corporations furthering sustainable energy and urban planning solutions.

Currently, Cori is finishing up her MA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College at CUNY, and has a BA in Media Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School University. She divides her time between Flatbush, Brooklyn, and downtown Toronto.