An overview of back pain at work
Back pain is the most frequent and costly musculoskeletal complaint in Western societies, responsible for approximately 40 percent of missed work days.
People with back problems can suffer ongoing pain and associated loss in function for long periods and for many, the problem keeps coming back. A small number go on to develop significant chronic pain with serious lifelong implications on their employment and quality of life.
It is worth noting, there are some key groups that are more susceptible to developing back pain at work. This includes those:
- involved in heavy manual labour
- perform tasks that are beyond their physical capabilities
- with low control over their job
- required to stand for prolonged periods
- maintaining awkward lifting squatting/kneeling postures
There is also an associated increased risk of back pain for smokers, those who are obese and/or generally inactive.