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Who is hurt by back pain?
Who is hurt by back pain?

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and time lost from work.

When people stay home because of back injury, only 65% are back at work within a week and nearly 14% are still absent at one month. And, if someone is on disability for more than six months, the person has only a 50% chance of returning to work.

Low back pain accounts for significant losses in work days and dollars. Chronic back pain has become one of the most expensive causes of disability among workers under the age of 45.

Most back pain is due to irritation of the joints, or pressure on the ligaments and muscles from diseased discs or bony spurs. Pressure on the nerve roots can also lead to back and leg pain. Problems with the bone from fracture, osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, tumor, inflammation or infection are other causes of back pain.

Many factors can aggravate back pain. Experiencing stress, being overweight, having poor posture, and being unfit all can worsen or prolong back pain.

Researchers found that 13% of the total workforce experienced a loss in productive time during a two-week period due to a common pain condition. Headache was the frequently cited cause of lost work time (5.4%), followed by back pain (3.2%), arthritis pain (2%) and other musculoskeletal pain (2%).Workers who had a headache lost an average of 3.5 hours per week of productive time at work, while workers who suffered from back or arthritis pain lost an average of 5.2 hours per week.

Workers who have back pain:

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  • Took longer to start working after arriving at work
  • Lost concentration
  • Repeated a job
  • Worked more slowly than usual
  • Felt fatigued at work
  • Did nothing at all at work

Researchers also found that lost productivity due to pain conditions did not differ much by age, sex, or type of occupation. But the largest differences were seen in education levels with those with lower education suffering more from pain at work.

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Rehabilitation from back pain


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Low back pain – causes and symptoms


Low back pain (LBP) is often described as sudden, sharp, persistent, or dull pain felt below the waist. It is very common and affects the majority of people at some point during their life.

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General information about back pain


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Posture and back pain


Watching for the correct poise is the most what we can do for our spine. But learning the correct poise technique is not so easy. Our poise can’t be fixed over night, we have to take it easy and put a lot of effort in it.

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Acute back pain


Sudden acute pain can be really painful and exhausting but it might not be a sign for constant problems. Most common causes for acute back pain are chronic, long lasting troubles, for example bad posture or abdominal muscle weakness. The latter can cause increased pressure and burdening of the spine and back muscles which eventually can lead to back injuries.

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Understanding your back


The spine is the central supporting system of our body. It's easy to forget that most of the movements that we make in our daily life the back is involved.

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Chronic back pain


Chronic back pain is the most common problem which doctors have to deal with in developed countries. It is the most common reason for absences from work compared to any other illnesses.

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What causes back pain


Spine is a complex mechanism, therefore even a smaller injury of joints, muscles, ties and nerves can cause pain.

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How stress effects our back?


Twentysomethings who experience lifestyle stress may be increasing their risk for development of back pain in their 30s.

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Body weight impact on your spine


Overweight has a harmful impact on your spine. Extra fat doesn’t do any good to your body. In contrast with muscles which protect joins, extra weight just increases the burden that joints have to carry. That is especially harmful for joints in loin and hips.

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False ideas about back


There are many false ideas about the causes and appropriate treatments for back pain. Unfortunately, these misunderstandings can often lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety and even behavior that can make your back pain worse.

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Facts and figures about back care


Facts and figures about back care give an overview of the total number of people affected by back pain, the associated costs and various other facts and figures.

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