Businesses: you could lower costs and improve productivity … with these 7 simple steps to reduce work-related back pain

Neck pain. Back pain. Tendonitis. Osteoarthritis. Most of your workforce has had them. Or will do.

But do you know as much about these common conditions as you think – including how badly they impact your business?

The above, along with a host of other ailments, are known as musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs. They affect mechanisms in the body such as the joints, muscles and tendons.

They can be caused or made worse by work or the effects of the work environment, such as manual handling of heavy loads, unfavourable body postures, monotonous/repetitive tasks and high job demands.

The emphasis is on ‘can’ – as these conditions are preventable.

Yet MSDs remain one of the most frequent causes of disability, sick leave and early retirement, plus the most common work-related health problem in Europe.

By preventing and managing MSDs in the workplace, organisations will lower costs, improve productivity, gain worker engagement, reduce staff turnover, improve morale, reduce absence rates and more.