Recent Back Pain Statistics Might Surprise You..........


If you have ever had back pain you know just how helpless the pain can make you feel. Recent statistics compiled in January 2020 by multiple studies show results that may be surprising.

  • 80% of working age adults will experience back pain or injury at some point in their life

  • Back has become the highest cause of disability than any other condition Globally

  • Over 1 million back injuries occur in the workplace annually (1 in every 5 injury/illness in the workplace

  • Back injuries account for 38.5% of all work-related musculoskeletal injuries resulting in 264 million lost work days (this is equivalent to 2 work days for every full time worker in the country)

  • Americans spend around $50 million a year treating back pain/injuries


OCCUPATIONS EFFECTED MOST BY MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS:

  1. Nursing=52.8%

  2. Stock & order fillers= 45/7%

  3. Laborers, freight, stock, & material movers=43%

  4. Maintenance & repair workers=42.5%

  5. Janitors & cleaners=37.9%


Still not surprised? The final statistic associated with back pain and injuries:

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT 1/3 OF BACK INJURIES COULD BE PREVENTED THROUGH A BETTER DESIGNED WORK SPACE OR ENVIRONMENT

Resources: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles, www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm-vii/otm_uii/html,www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/back-injuries-prominent-in-work-related-musculoskeletal-disorderscases-in-2019.html, www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/model/evaluation/productivity.html, www.thegoodbody.com/back-statistics

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