The OSFLM is the first and only Orthopaedic society dedicated to improving the care delivered to Laboring Workers no matter what musculoskeletal condition is interfering with their ability to work.
The Society was created due to the fact that there is a tremendous opportunity in the Orthopaedic community to improve the care of Laboring Workers. A Laboring Worker is defined as anyone who has an occupation which exerts high demands on the musculoskeletal system. From housekeepers to iron workers, millions of Americans depend on their bodies to make a living.
Too often, the Orthopaedic community is focused on the “injured worker”. Musculoskeletal conditions which may adversely affect a Laboring Worker’s employment may arise from injury at or away from the worksite, congenital and degenerative issues, systemic musculoskeletal diseases, or a host of other reasons.
While athletes in America enjoy a literal deluge of attention from the Orthopaedic community with respect to research and treatment, the Laboring Worker is often times lumped into the insufficient category of “manual laborer”. This organization is dedicated to improving this situation.
There are many occupations, each with millions of workers which have very specific injury risk patterns, both acutely and over time. Musculoskeletal demands of these workers need to be studied clinically, epidemiologically, and biomechanically. The treatment options for these patients must be categorized according to a well defined, evidence based protocol.
If a mere fraction of the attention the Orthopaedic community gives towards other areas could be directed towards improvement in the care of Laboring Workers, then we will be able to deliver much better care to the people who work hard keeping food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and literally and figuratively keep the lights on in our society.