Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect the joints, bones and muscles, and also include rarer autoimmune diseases and back pain. More years are lived with musculoskeletal disability than any other long-term condition and there are more than 200 musculoskeletal conditions which affect 1 in 4 of the adult population, many being of working age. This is around 9.6 million adults and these account for 30% of GP consultations. Consequently, 10.8 million days are lost as result of musculoskeletal conditions.

Annually thousands of employees seek litigation for musculoskeletal injuries caused or reportedly made worst by work.

The effect:

  • Increased sickness absence
  • Lost time and reduced productivity
  • Increased staff costs
  • Poor employee performance
  • Reduced morale and motivation
  • Litigation

The causes:

  • Aging workforce
  • More sedentary society
  • Physical and repetitive work tasks
  • Sustained workloads
  • An individual’s reduced capacity
  • Cumulative effects of poor posture and repetitive trauma

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