Published on 07/06/2012
A new survey shows that half of UK workers have suffered from back pain in the last year. With one in five taking time off work as a result, experts are advising people protect themselves with income protection.
The survey by Nuffield Health of 1,600 16 to 65 year olds showed that half of workers in the UK have suffered from back pain in the last year. The majority of these sufferers have a long-term condition.
Of those who experienced back pain in the last 12 months, a third had lived with the condition for more than a year, a quarter for more than two years and 15 per cent for more than five years.
One in five people said that back pain interfered with their work and home life ‘most days’, and one in 20 said they lived in constant pain. This figure doubled in those aged 55 or over. Dr Andy Jones, group medical director at Nuffield Health, said:
“Back pain affects a huge number of people on a daily basis. If these figures reflect the wider working population you have a situation where many thousands of people are suffering permanent, debilitating back pain.”
Indeed, figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics showed that musculoskeletal problems accounted for 34.4 million lost working days in 2011, more than any other illness.
Worryingly, recent MetLife research shows that 41 per cent of people have no financial back up plan if illness or a serious accident forced them to stop work.
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