Work is a pain in the back

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Half of employees say they suffer from back pain at least once a month, with more than a third (37%) blaming work as the contributing factor.

The findings come from a survey of 8,000 adults by back specialist Dynaspine.
 
It found the top four factors for causing back pain are: long hours sitting behind desks (62%), bad posture while at work (42%), heavy lifting (26%) and stress (19%).
 
It supports data that already finds back pain is the second largest cause of absence, at a cost of £7 billion per year.
 
According to Dynaspine though, only 6% of back pain sufferers actually see a chiropractor to treat the source of the problem.
 
It also finds 15% of employees say they have never had any advice from employers on how to look after their backs.