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Medical experts look into musculoskeletal research

Published: 17 Apr 2014

In recent weeks, the largest bone, muscle and joint congress in the world took place in Spain, bringing together medical experts and clinicians from over 60 different countries. Researchers and medical professionals presented and explored the latest investigative work surrounding such conditions, which are a primary cause of disability and reduce the quality of life for many individuals.

Official statistics suggest musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries were the third most common cause of long term absence in both 2011/12. MSK injuries cover those relating to back, neck, muscle or joint pain.

In February 2014, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions revealed as many as 960,000 professionals found themselves on sick leave for a month or more each year between October 2010 and September 2013. With 130 million working days being lost every single year due to sickness absence, this costs the UK economy £100 billion annually.

This has led ministers to make a concerted effort to address the problem of absenteeism - something that is often caused by MSK disorders.

Therefore, following World Health Day 2014 last week, we are using this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of tackling MSK issues and doing everything we can to help professionals to get back into work, following problems with back, neck, muscle or joint problems.

Our BacktoBetter programme is our large corporate MSK rehabilitation proposition, which supports workers who have problems with back, neck, muscle or joint pain that may be preventing them from working. It offers a unique case managed approach that sees employees getting the right treatment at the right time – helping them to get better, quicker.

So far, our approach has helped more than 40,000 members access the support and treatment they needed to make a prompt recovery and return to work.

To find out more information about BacktoBetter, visit

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