Z-Coil Shoes - Shoe Shock Absorbers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:40

I had an opportunity to be part of a survey at work.  My employer wanted to test some new ergonomic shoes on some people who've had or shown to have medical problems, in hopes that the shoes would help.  Enter Z-Coil, "Shock Absorbers for your body".  Since I drive a stand up forklift, these shoes, with their coil spring heels, would seem to be perfect for my kind of work.  And the honest truth, they're "ok".  


For my part of the survey I got to keep a free pair of Z-Coil shoes, in an agreement that I wear them to work everyday for 90 days.  Here's my opinion on my experience of my Z-Coil shoes.  First off, they look funny.  But as we all know, looks aren't everything.  I know that the shoes were taking some of the shock out of my work.  For me, this is called "Whole Body Vibration", but my feet weren't "comfortable".  They actually hurt.  These shoes aren't for everyone.  As a matter of fact, many of the people who started the program do not wear the shoes today.  Many say, they hurt their feet.  We have a few who still wear them.  I myself, stopped wearing them.  Why?  Because I bought a pair of shoes that felt better.  I know that the shock absorbing part of the shoe is a good thing, but all-in-all, there's better way the achieve this, than buying a $200+ funny looking shoes.  


I think Z-Coil has the right idea, but just need to work on the shoe itself and make them more comfortable.  


You can watch some videos on Youtube.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:07
2008 Claim Characteristics Table PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:40

"In 2008 the Department of Consumer and Business Services received notification of 21,660 accepted claims for occupational injuries and diseases that entitled workers to compensation for disability or death. The 2008 Accepted Disabling Claim Characteristics tables are now available on-line.
Characteristics described in these twenty five tables include:  injury event, nature of injury, injured body part, source of injury, secondary source of injury, industry, occupation, under 18 workers, leased employees, county of injury, wage at injury, month of injury, and tenure." (View Tables)


You can also view Statistical Reports.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2009 12:01
Yoga for LBP and Depression PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 13:39

“The yoga group had less pain, less functional disability and less depression compared with the control group,”  (Read More)




The Full Ariticle from:

Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 3, 2009

As posted on :www.psychcentral.com

"Depression is often associated with chronic low back pain as conventional treatment of the pain is modestly successful, at best.

A new study suggests the practice of yoga provides a better alternative for overcoming chronic pain and depression.

The three-year, $400,000 study by West Virginia University researchers is published in the September issue of the journal Spine.

The National Institutes of Health sponsored study showed yoga participants displayed lifted mood, less pain and improved function in the group that compared with a control group who received standard medical therapy.

“The yoga group had less pain, less functional disability and less depression compared with the control group,” said Kimberly Williams, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine.

“These were statistically significant and clinically important changes that were maintained six months after the intervention.”

The 90 study subjects, who experienced mild to moderate functional disability, were randomly assigned to the yoga group or the group that received conventional medical therapy.

Yoga participants took 90-minute classes twice a week for 24 weeks, doing postures targeted to relieve chronic low-back pain. Follow up continued for six months after the end of classes or therapy.

“Proponents of yoga have long described its benefits in reducing back pain,” Williams said. “But not everybody was convinced. This is a much bigger, much more rigorous evaluation than had been done before.”

The classes were taught by certified Iyengar yoga instructors. A popular form of yoga in the United States, Iyengar yoga emphasizes postures that encourage strength, flexibility and balance.

In the United States, low-back pain represents the largest category of medical reimbursements, with $34 billion in direct medical costs reported annually, Williams said."  


They source the article from:  West Virginia University Health Sciences Center


2007 Lumbar DDD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Friday, 17 July 2009 15:26

"The sequelae of disk degeneration are among the leading causes of functional incapacity in both sexes and are a common source of chronic disability in the working years. Disk degeneration involves structural disruption and cell-mediated changes in composition. Mechanical, traumatic, nutritional, and genetic factors all may play a role in the cascade of disk degeneration, albeit to variable degree in different individuals. The presence of degenerative change is by no means an indicator of symptoms, and there is a very high prevalence in asymptomatic individuals. The etiology of pain as the symptom of degenerative disease is complex and appears to be a combination of mechanical deformation and the presence of inflammatory mediators. The role of imaging is to provide accurate morphologic information and influence therapeutic decision making. A necessary component, which connects these two purposes, is accurate natural history data. Understanding the relationship of etiologic factors, the morphologic alterations, which can be characterized with imaging, and the mechanisms of pain production and their interactions in the production of symptoms will require more accurate and reproducible stratification of patient cohorts." (Read More)


The key word here is "sequalae".  Define: "A sequela, (, plural sequelæ) is a pathological condition resulting from a disease, injury, or other trauma."

In Oregon Workers Compensation

436-035-0005 (6): "Direct medical sequela" means a condition which originates or stems from an accepted condition that is clearly established medically. Disability from direct medical  sequelae is rated under these rules and ORS 656.268(14). For example: The accepted condition is low back strain with herniated disc at L4-5. The worker develops permanent weakness in the leg and foot due to radiculopathy. The weakness is considered a “direct medical sequela” of the herniated disc." 


656.268 (14) :"Conditions that are direct medical sequelae to the original accepted condition shall be included in rating permanent disability of the claim unless they have been specifically denied."


But the real question is, "What is the sequelae of an extruded herniated disc?"  

Insurance Company Hell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Saturday, 27 June 2009 11:46
Have you ever wondered how the American people let their freedoms slip away all the while we were fighting for rights over race, gender and even immagration?  I mean, look at what Nixon did, his administration was the start of Kaiser, a "for-profit" medical business.  In the movie by Michael Moore, "Sicko" (highly recommended to watch and has been airing on Premium cable and satelitte TV (June/July/August 2009).  If you don't have any preium channels, find a friend to record it for you. It's a must watch), there's actual audio of Nixon regarding start of what is our biggest problem today, health care.  In actual audio, it's said that the plan was to give the people less care, but charge more, hench a money making deal.  And my guess is, Congress has been getting paid ever since by insurance companies and "for-profit" medical businesses.
The only way to change our country is to take it back.  How?  There are two very strong ways to send a message, one way is to boycott a product of service and the other is to vote out Congressional leaders that don't listen.  In regards to health care, a boycott would be near impossible.  That would mean eveyone would have to cancel their insurance.  Which isn't probably going to happen, unless they keep raising the premiums, which they will do.  If one insurance company were to change from "for-profit" to "not-for-profit", they would be the most popular insurance company in America and by all doctors, "IF" the doctors could agree on a standard pricing and got paid without all the insurance interference and administrative headaches.  The second way is to vote.  Tell you Congress you want single-payer first and if that is not possible, then a strong public option.  And tell them NOTHING ELSE BUT THAT WILL SAVE THEM FROM THE FATE OF BEING VOTED OUT, do what the people want or you're gone.  This is by far the easiest and fastest way to win.  
We need a Congress that "will" listen to the people and not the money.  But that type of Congress person would be very unliked by lobbyist and other paid-off Congress.  But that's ok, that's exactly what we need.  We need the lobbyist to go away and we need the "good ol' boys" network in Washington to be broken up and gone.  Too many political games get in the way of what is really good for the people.  It's not what the F'ing Congress want, it's what we want.  And we, you and I, need to send that message to them in bold, strong, fighting words.  This is the end of the lobbyist pay-offs.  Do it or you're out. Period.
So tell your Congress.org.  The contact info is there also.  Call them, write them letters or email them.  
From www.billpress.com :
Health Care: The Public Plan Option

These Democratic Senators have NOT agreed to support it:

State Require Employees to Take 10 Days Unpaid! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Friday, 09 October 2009 11:13

To address budget cuts, the Workers' Compensation Division will require employees to take mandatory unpaid furlough on 10 Fridays during the next two years.  (Read More)


 Can you believe this?  If you get a chance, click the link at the top of the page to my Blog, and there you find that my most talked about subject is....Health Care!  Do I need health care? Not at this time because I have an employee that covers 92% of my medical cost.  My employer has 68,000+ employees all over the world and the cost, very high! 


Our employers spend a lot of money of health care and it hurts our our U.S. companies to compete in the world markets.  The added cost of health care only adds to the cost of buying an American product(s).  We want to buy American, but the prices are much higher than a product made overseas and imported.  Ask yourself who, who let this happen?  Who allowed companies to just start leaving and didn't address the real problems why companies leave?  And then there's our poor trade policies that allow no balance, or fair trade.


Why does this have to do with workers' comp.?  "Every state has regulations that mandate worker's compensation insurance but every business has different policies. For the businesses that try and get away without purchasing it for their employees, they can face a serious amount of money owed. Although every state has different rules and regulations, every state does mandate that all businesses small or large have workmen's compensation insurance."(1)  But the problem is, every state has it's own laws.  Some states have laws that actually help the injured worker, while some state laws have allowed the insurance companies to control the laws and they, the insurance companies, have gotten in the middle, between the injured worker and the doctor and the employer.  


What America needs is a health care system that includes workers compensation.  One of the biggest complaints coming from the Republican party is tort reform. And I agree, lawsuits have gotten out of control.  Sure, people need to be protected, but to what degree?  If people's medical issue's were covered under a universal health care plan, they wouldn't have to worry about the cost.  But what if they lose the ability to do their job, or only partial lose ability or whole lose of ability?  I think employers should help employers re-train or re-educate themselves to be able to continue to work either doing work for that company or doing something else.  


The problem when you are hurt, like I was and many of you, is how do you pay the bills and the new medical bills, etc.  The workers' comp. system is setup to protect itself and the employer, not the injured worker.  You disagree?  Then you haven't been on my side trying to get disability, pay the bills and dealing with multiple insurance companies, who make money by doing what, denying claims, dealing with doctors and your employer.  Most of us who've been hurt on the job have seen an I.M.E. (Independent Medical Examiner). 

Here's how fair the system is:

  1. You get hurt on the job. 
  2. You go see an IME doctor and this doctor decides if your injury is work related or is part of some "pre-existing condition" or other injury. 
  3. He writes up a report that cost around $8,000, because they get paid about $800 an hour ( I saw 2 IME's and  the bill was $12,000!!), and he's supposed to be un-biased. 
  4. You'll get a claim for accept or deny.  And it's in the interest of the insurance company to deny you. Why?  The law, at least in Oregon, puts the burden of proofs on the injured worker.  Meaning you have to get a lawyer (I recommend getting a lawyer right from the start), more doctors opinions, more time away from work, etc.  The cards are in their favor to simply make you do all the work.
  5. And if you're lucky, your case will be closed in...say....1 to 3 years!  


The Worker's Compensation system SUCKS!  And what's worse, so much money is spent on it.  Hmmm, wonder why?  Maybe because there's a lot of money to be made in it.  And this is another problem just like our current health care system.  Health care for PROFIT!!  And it has to stop.


If there are two things I'd like to see:

  1. Get money out of politics.  No more lobbyist or corporation campaign contributions to Congress.
  2. Make all Health care related issue's including workers' comp NOT For-Profit.  Meaning, we need to decrease the power of the insurance company when it comes to people's health and put the power back into the hands of the doctors. 


 So the state of Oregon is going to save around $2 million dollars by closing down for 10 different days over 2 years.  Can ask you when enough is enough?  When will the people of this country stop taking pay-cuts, unpaid days, cut hours and the layoffs, when our companies try to satisfy the Board of Directors, Wall Street and the CEO's.  You know the CEO's won't see a decrease in their wages or bonuses.  As a matter of fact, many of the CEO's of all the Wall Street bailouts are getting their bonuses.  It's just wrong.  I believe in helping the system stay afloat, but there should be a price.  And that price should be the CEO's job and they should get no bonus for running a company with no oversight.




(1) http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1591293/why_buy_workers_compensation_insurance.html?cat=3

Oregon Says Workers' Comp Must Pay for Weight Loss PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Monday, 07 September 2009 17:10

 "Weight-loss surgery can be covered by state workers' compensation insurance, provided it is needed to treat a job-related injury, according to an Oregon court."  (Read More)



I had been following this when it happened and I think I even may have posted something about it here on website. Here's a little more from the post and be sure read the whole article, as this case opens a whole BIG can of worms for workers comp.


"The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that SAIF Corp., the state chartered agency that handles compensation insurance, must pay for gastric-bypass surgery needed before an injured worker could undergo knee replacement.

Edward G. Sprague initially injured his knee while working as a mechanic in 1976. He filed a claim with SAIF, which compensated him and allowed him to have a surgical procedure. At the time, he weighed 225 pounds.

Over the years, he gained weight, growing to 320 pounds, and developed arthritis in the knee. Then, in 1999, he reinjured the knee while working in a bakery." (Read More)





Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2009 17:16
The New Emerging Paradigm in the Pathophysiology of Lumbar Spine Pain Syndromes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Friday, 17 July 2009 15:12

"Inflammation seems to be the central focus in lumbar disc and nerve disorders with an array of enzymatic and neurochemical reactions occurring in the local area of dysfunction.  As basic and clinical science continues to research this area, medicine will undoubtedly begin to treat lumbar disc and nerve disorders via chemical intervention of abnormal neurochemistry." (Read More)

The key word here is "neurochemistry" or biochemistry.  The pain we have from something inside tearing or rubbing, but what about long term.  When you have an injury that progresses over time, your body basically has a "wound", but it's on the inside.  This "wound" causes a biochemical and a biomechanical change in the effected area and this area of inflammation can effect the whole body. 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:26
Forklifts, Whole-Body Vibration & Dock Loading Solutions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul   
Friday, 15 May 2009 20:22
"Low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work - it's the #2 reason Americans see the doctor, second only to colds and the flu.

Help prevent back injuries on your loading dock, decreasing costs and increasing productivity.

The Smooth Transition Dok System by Rite Hite consisting of a Smooth Transition Leveler and the STR-4100 Dok-Lok® Vehicle Restraint, provides the smoothest path between your loading dock floor and the trailer." (Read More)

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