Global Study Finds Musculoskeletal Conditions Biggest Cause of Disability

Personal with back painAcross the globe, musculoskeletal conditions that include back pain and arthritis are the biggest cause of disability, affecting millions of people across the world.  The results of a new study that has been published in The Lancet Journal indicate that back pain is the number one cause of disability across the world.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is very often the result of a repetitive stress injury caused in the workplace.  Besides back pain, osteoarthritis is also emerging as one of the biggest causes of disability.

The study titled The Global Burden of Disease is believed to be the first comprehensive study into the global impact of all diseases and risk factors.  The study found that musculoskeletal conditions affect as many as 1.7 billion people across the world.  In fact, the impact from musculoskeletal conditions has actually increased by as much as 45% over the past 20 years. The authors of the study insist that there is an urgent need to dedicate resources to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, because often, these conditions are undiagnosed.

Chronic back pain can arise when a person is working in a job that requires him to stand for long periods of time, or twist his body, or bend or stoop repeatedly.  When a person performs these activities over a long period of time without a break, it causes repetitive stress injuries that can injure the back muscles.

A person who suffers from these injuries can experience chronic back pain, and the pain can become so unbearable that the person may not be able to perform his old job anymore.  The risk of a repetitive stress injury can be reduced through worker training, by providing the worker sufficient tools and equipment to make his job easier, and by providing sufficient rest opportunities for the worker.