Musculoskeletal disorders are conditions that affect the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and other supporting structures such as the discs in your back. They result from one or more of the structures unable to move as they are designed to, or having to work harder than they should.
Health and Safety figures show that an estimated 1.2 million people in Britain suffer work related musculoskeletal disorders. 60% of all work- related illnesses are the result of back, neck or limb problems. Back pain is by far the most common and accounts for 119 million lost days at work.
More work related injuries occur to postal workers, building trades and skilled agricultural trades, than the average across all occupations.
7.6 million working days were lost in 2010/11 through work-related MSD’s that were caused or made worse by work.
7.8 million people live with chronic pain. 49% of those diagnosed with chronic pain have been forced to take time off work. (Source: British Pain Society Pain Survey 2005)
The occupations that reported the highest rates of work-related stress in the last three years (to 2011) were health and social service managers, teachers and social welfare associate professionals.
Your knee bone’s connected to your thigh bone….!
Shortened leg muscles are a frequent cause of back pain. Correct stretching is important. Yoga is a good way to stretch – find a good teacher.