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Work Conditions and Back Pain Problems

Work Conditions and Back Pain Problems Background and aim Musculoskeletal disorders, such as neck, shoulder and back pain, constitute a major health problem in a large part of the world, causing pain and disability in individuals and extensive costs for society in terms of sick leave, medical care, rehabilitation and reduced productivity. Despite the fact that considerable resources have been invested in improving working conditions in terms of ergonomy and reduced heavy lifting, pushing and pulling, musculoskeletal disorders have remained a serious health problem. For example, between 60 to 70 percent of the general population suffer from back pain at least once in their life (Hoy, Brooks, Blyth, & Buchbinder, ). In addition, the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders is high also in light physical work, such as computer work and light assembly work, where just a fraction of the worker's physical strength is used. This suggests that additional factors are associated with musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of the present guest editorial is to summarize some previous systematic reviews of the relation between working conditions and back pain problems and present the main findings from a recent extensive review on the same topic. Physical work conditions and back pain problems Wai, Roffey, Bischop, Kwon, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Stress and Health Wiley

Work Conditions and Back Pain Problems

Stress and Health , Volume 31 (1) – Feb 1, 2015

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN
1532-3005
eISSN
1532-2998
DOI
10.1002/smi.2633
pmid
25641822
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Abstract

Background and aim Musculoskeletal disorders, such as neck, shoulder and back pain, constitute a major health problem in a large part of the world, causing pain and disability in individuals and extensive costs for society in terms of sick leave, medical care, rehabilitation and reduced productivity. Despite the fact that considerable resources have been invested in improving working conditions in terms of ergonomy and reduced heavy lifting, pushing and pulling, musculoskeletal disorders have remained a serious health problem. For example, between 60 to 70 percent of the general population suffer from back pain at least once in their life (Hoy, Brooks, Blyth, & Buchbinder, ). In addition, the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders is high also in light physical work, such as computer work and light assembly work, where just a fraction of the worker's physical strength is used. This suggests that additional factors are associated with musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of the present guest editorial is to summarize some previous systematic reviews of the relation between working conditions and back pain problems and present the main findings from a recent extensive review on the same topic. Physical work conditions and back pain problems Wai, Roffey, Bischop, Kwon, and

Journal

Stress and HealthWiley

Published: Feb 1, 2015

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