Static ergonomic strength testing in evaluating occupational back pain

Philip Harber, Karen Soohoo

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Quantitatively describing work limitation due to occupational back pain is difficult. Static ergonomic strength testing (SEST) was employed as part of a multidisciplinary evaluation program for occupational back pain, providing a quantitative description of lift ability in several positions. Comparison of intrasubject with intersubject variation confirmed that SEST did truly measure a personal characteristic. The expected degree of intrasubject variability is independent of the degree of impairment and provides a guide for detecting inadequate subject efforts. The technique allows worker-specific work restriction limitations to be recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-884
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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