1 in 6 Australians report having back problems. While lower back pain is the most common, there are a range of musculoskeletal conditions that people can suffer from. Back problems are the second most common reason as to why people see a GP and one of the main reasons people end up in the hospital.
One quarter of people who present with acute lower back pain will suffer another episode, so it’s imperative that organisations and individuals seek support early and that ergonomics are adhered to.
Many people with back pain are not getting adequate treatment, so it is important that a good multidisciplinary plan is in place. This includes both physical therapy and psychological interventions. As always, early intervention is best.
Make sure that your organisation adheres to good WHS when it comes to ergonomics. Prevention is better than cure.
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