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Facts about Backs

Each year:

  • 40% of the population is affected by back pain (16 million)
  • 0.5 million people have back pain every day of the year
  • 119 million working days are lost
  • Overall burden to industry = £5 billion
  • 1.2 million people are affected by musculo-skeletal pain and 500,000 by work-related stress. (Statistics collated and disseminated by BackCare. TUC - the hidden workplace epidemics: back strain and RSI (December 1998)
  • Only 17% of businesses had calculated the costs of back strain (and only 11% for RSI)
  • Less than 31% provide any treatment for back strain (RSI 22%)
  • 44% monitor number of workers with back strain (RSI 32%)
  • 3% monitor days lost due to back strain (RSI 29%)
Facts about Backs
A recent high quality study has demonstrated that paracetamol is no better than a placebo in treating acute episodes of low back pain.
Drivers who fail to wear seatbelts correctly are at risk of injury according to the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). While most people are fully aware that wearing a seatbelt saves lives, the majority are not aware that the way they sit in a car plays a huge part in their personal safety.
15 MILLION DRIVERS AT RISK OF WHIPLASH DUE TO BAD SEATING POSITIONS