1. Hi Thabo, a week or so before my job interview I had the most horrible pain in my back, I was trying to clean up the kids toys off the floor and turned in a weird way and I couldn’t move for days. I was sure I’d have to give up the opportunity. Lucky for me the pain stopped and I was fine. Now five years later and I absolutely love my job, I’ve been given promotions and work with a great team.

    I would not have even considered back pain as a work injury, but after reading your article I can see that if I did get back pain from sitting at my desk, in my case, that it would be a work injury. I am very blessed that our work does encourage us to report issues/injuries and followup and get the help we need. But, I can see if that were not the case, that someone would be worried to report it.

    Informative post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Tara,
      I’m so glad that back pain is no longer an issue for you, and thanks so much for sharing your story. Yes, back pain is a common problem but few people don’t realize that it can be classified as a work injury. I’m glad that you found that this post has brought awareness of back pain as a Return to Work (RTW) issue. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Thanks for this post this is a really great website and always is loaded with wonderful information. I feel employers should definitely take advantage of what the BDRQ has to offer. Using the BDRQ sounds like it could assist in keeping back issues down and maybe much less work missed or none at all if the person is assessed before the back injury becomes much worse. I have heard comments at work that people are afraid to loose their jobs if they report health issues and if they had something like the BDQR in place maybe it would curb the workers fears. I am thinking about suggesting this to my employer to see if it would be advantages to the company. Do you have any suggestions that may make it easier to present this to my employer?

    • Hi Dena,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad that you found the post useful. I wrote about the BDQR because I think it’s the foundation of the Return to Work programs that we now have, and I always like to go to the source. For practical purposes, however, you’ll want to look at the existing RTW programs and see if there’s any interest at your company. RTW programs save companies money because they include the advice of medical professionals who work with the company to enable injured workers to find alternative work at the same company. So, business still goes on. The modern RTW programs have incorporated much of what the BDRQ was meant to do. As I said, I like to use the original source so people know where the original thinking derived from. I guess it’s my training as a researcher.

      In any case, I have provided a link to what steps are included in most RTW programs. https://www.ceiwc.com/pdf/returntowork.pdf

      This is a link to the RTW program of Chesapeake Insurance company. It’s a good start to give you an idea of what’s involved.


  3. This BDRQ sounds like an excellent tool for employers to help employees return to work. You have done an excellent job in explaining it. You show a picture of EMT’s but Nurses also have a great risk of back injury when transferring patients also. However, I have not heard of this tool before now. I think just about all employers could benefit from using this tool. Do you know if most hospitals have the BDRQ or something like it?

    • Hi Cynthia,
      Your right of course that nurses risking back injury when transferring patients. It happened to my mom. Thanks for catching the oversight. I’m going back to address that in the post. Most people haven’t heard of the BDRQ because for most part it has been incorporated in the modern Return to Work (RTW) programs. The modern RTWs have the BDRQ as their foundation, and I just wanted to go back to the original source. A good link to find out how the modern RTW has borrowed and implemented BDRQ is https://www.ceiwc.com/pdf/returntowork.pdf

      This is, as I told Dena, the RTW program of the Chesapeake Insurance Company. However, the information pretty much reflects how most RTW programs work. I think some hospitals do have an RTW program but one would have to check the particular state program for specifics.

      Thanks for checking in.


  4. Great information Thabo this is a good post not only for the 9 to 5 jobs but for all people even the retired ones. It is so easy to hurt the back just by twisting or turning wrong could cause the back to get out of shape and able to work. The BDRQ would be a great assessment to help when these problems come along.

    • Hi Fred,
      The BDQR has been incorporated into the modern Return to Work (RTW) programs. I post about it because I think it’s important for people to understand the original thinking and the foundation that is behind the strategy of transitioning a person from injury to work. I’m glad you found the post useful. Thanks for sharing.

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