Thousands of nurses are being treated for back pain because of the rising number of obese patients they have to deal with, it is claimed.
About 5,000 NHS nurses are suffering from the condition partly as a result of having to lift and assist increasingly heavy patients while carrying out their duties, according to the British Chiropractic Association.
Dr Matthew Bennett, a member of the BCA and a chiropractor for 20 years, said: ‘There are thousands of nurses with work-related back pain and I think this could increase in the future.
‘The weight of patients is a contributory factor to back pain. It’s not just a weight issue – it’s a fitness issue with people unable to turn themselves over.’
5,000 nurses injured lifting the fat