Wartski M, Williams CM, Broughton NS, Bowles KA. Quantifying the lumbar spine movements of surgeons during surgical lists in a teaching hospital. ANZ J Surg. 2019;89(3):153-8. 10.1111/ans.14812



Low back pain (LBP) is a common occupational musculoskeletal complaint among health professionals. No research has quantified lumbar movement patterns in the surgical workplace, identifying ‘at risk’ behaviours with objective measures. This project aimed to identify lumbar movement patterns and change in LBP of surgeons and surgical trainees during a surgical list.