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#1 Lower back pain is the leading cause of long-term disability worldwide
$100B+ The cost per year to treat low back and neck pain in the U.S.
70% Reduction in injury rates nationwide by Honda, achieved with help from SRI


SRI is the official site of an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center that focuses on musculoskeletal disorder prevention.
NIH National Institures of Health
As a Technology Research Site, SRI is collaborating with UCSF and University of Michigan through NIH's Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC).


Lower Back Injury Prevention Guidelines
Injury Prevention Guidelines
Our evidence-based low-back injury prevention guidelines are widely cited and free to use
Spine Health Assessment
Spine Health Assessment
Using wearable sensors to objectively assess spine function in the clinic
Spinal Health Backed by Science
Backed by Science
250+ journal publications 18,000+ citations World-Class Capabilities
Spine Injury Research Capabilities
World-Class Capabilities
Unique laboratory capabilities help researchers prevent spine injuries in occupational environments
SRI's Knapik Becomes Research Faculty in HSI
The Spine Research Institute (SRI) is pleased to announce that its Associate Director has become a Research Professor within Ohio State's Department of Integrated Systems...
"Skeleton School" Outreach Introduces STEM to Preschoolers
Posted: August 7, 2023 SRI leader and Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Devina Purmessur-Walter is working to engage budding engineers at an early age. She believes that...
Cognitive Dissonance Found to Increase Loads on the Low Back and Neck
A new study the SRI team recently published found that the mental distress of cognitive dissonance – encountering information that conflicts with how we act or what we believe –...


Motion-Sensing Wearable to Help Treat Back Pain
New Motion Sensing System Better Indicator of Recovery from Spine Surgery than Reports of Pain
Marras named Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State's highest faculty honor
William Marras Receives Arnold M. Small and Betty M. Sanders President's Distinguished Service Award
Spring 2024 Ergonomics Short Course (virtual)
2024 HFES International Annual Meeting
Autumn 2024 Ergonomics Short Course (in-person)