Job role changes and equipment accommodations for a police officer with multiple chronic MSDs


Working with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be painful and challenging. This case study looks at how an experienced police officer suffering from lower back pain and other MSDs has been able to continue to work with the police thanks to a change in role.

He moved from a role that involved prolonged sitting and wearing heavy personal protective equipment to office-based work with a standing desk. An understanding line manager who wanted to find effective solutions was important in bringing about the changes.

Self-management has also been beneficial, as the worker is now better able to manage stress and has a healthier lifestyle that includes increased walking.

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