Every year in the UK 20% of the population present with a new onset or recurrence of a musculoskeletal problem.1 In fact, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work related problem in Europe2, the most common cause of physical disability3 and the biggest reason for long term treatment.4 Musculoskeletal disorders can affect the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and joints, and most commonly result in back pain, knee pain, neck and shoulder pain, hip and limb pain.
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2 European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
3 Woolf AD, Pfleger B. Burden of major musculoskeletal conditions. Bull World Health Organ 2003;81:646-56.
4 European Opinion Research Group EEIG. Health, Food and Alcohol and Safety. Special Eurobarometer 186. European Commission, 2003
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