Warning on muscle and joint pain

A study has found that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for almost half of all sick leave, both in the UK and across Europe. No less than 49% of all sickness absence is caused by MSDs, said the Fit for Work Europe report by the Work Foundation business consultancy group.  It estimates that this costs the UK economy £7bn each year, rising to 240bn euros ($349bn; £219bn) across Europe.

The report says an estimated one million people in the UK alone suffer from MSDs that cause them to take time off work, with 9.5 million working days lost each year. It warns that both these numbers are set to rise as a result of an ageing workforce, the growth in obesity and the general decline in physical activity. The study calls for a renewed effort across Europe to tackle MSDs, led by an increase in early detection.

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.


Rachael Lowe

Physiotherapists are the health care professionals that can make a difference. Not only are we experts in assessment and provision of treatment for MSDs, but we are well positioned to deliver health promotion advice to increase physical activity and reduce obesity.

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