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30.8 million days lost to musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems)

As an employer, it’s inevitable that some of your employees will be absent due to sickness or illness. This type of absence will naturally resolve itself, but for a small number of employees, sickness absence can lead to much longer time off work.

Most absence is for genuine reasons and is likely to end within seven days and the most common reasons for this kind of short-term absence are:

  • minor illness;
  • stress;
  • musculoskeletal disorders;
  • recurring medical conditions;
  • back pain.

Most long-term absence is caused by:

  • Acute medical conditions.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Stress.
  • Mental ill-health.
  • Back pain.

An estimated 137 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This was equivalent to 4.3 days per worker, one public service who also reported chronic back pain as top of the illness list was the NHS.

“Staff are taking more time off work because of illness, with the total now close to 17m days a year. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and musculoskeletal problems including chronic back pain, are the two main reasons NHS staff fall ill and have to take time off to recover.”


Minor illnesses (such as coughs and colds) accounted for the most days lost due to sickness in 2016, with 34 million days lost (24.8% of the total days lost to sickness) followed by musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems) at 30.8 million days (22.4%). Mental health issues (including stress, depression, anxiety and more serious conditions such as manic depression and schizophrenia) resulted in 15.8 million days being lost (11.5%).


At Corrective Chiropractic we can attend your work place if there are more than 10 members of staff. Along with our Spinal Analysis Machine (SAM®) which is fitted with two, properly aligned weighing scales we can check for any weight imbalance, and check your posture. 


Usually it is due to poor posture and improper use of the body, such as regularly carrying heavy loads on one side of the body, or sitting at an angle for prolonged periods, such as working at a computer that is placed to one side. After a long time, the muscles on one side of the body might become permanently tensed, the pelvis or hip might tilt or the spine might start to curve.

We work with all major insurance companies if your workplace has health insurance for your employees, and they would like to be seen at our clinics in Milton Keynes or Aylesbury.

Contact us today if you would like us to help your employees with chronic back pain @







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