Musculoskeletal issues are the single biggest cause of health at work issues, with 44% of employers citing musculoskeletal injuries as one of the top five causes of absence.
Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) represent 41% of all work related illnesses. In 2015, 8.8 million working days were lost due to WRMSDs. That works out at an average of 16 days per case.
Employers should look into ways of minimising work-related injuries and encouraging healthy lifestyles, through more ergonomic workstations, exercise and diet initiatives.
Physiotherapists are well placed to educate employees and employers on how to keep active and prevent injuries. We can offer specialist advice for workplace exposures such as office workstation set up and encouraging moving more in the office with initiatives such as walking meetings.
Early referral for assessment and advice for musculoskeletal injuries can help reduce the length of time an employee is off work or on reduced duties and can help prevent issues turning into more persistant problems.
We can help keep your employees well and working comfortably. If you would like to find out more about how we help local businesses keep healthy email us today.