Back Pain Sufferers
Back pain is prevalent in many different types of activity both work and leisure related and is the second highest reason for long term sickness in much of the UK, following only the common cold. However, whilst back pain is very common, only 1 in 5 people will go to their GP.
Lower back pain is the most common injury sustained by Golfers (see the article on Common Golf Injuries for further information). Golfers Back Pain is estimated to affect 53% of Male Golfers. This is due to the constant twisting motions adopted during the Golf swing.
Research has found that 53% of Gardeners also suffer from lower back pain. The constant twisting and bending combined with the physical strength needed for digging and derooting puts added stress on the lower back region. Lower Back Pain from Lifting
Back Pain is often cited as the number 2 reason for long term sickness in much of the UK. However, it may come as no surprise that Lower Back Pain is the number 1 reason in manual labour jobs. Actesso Medical Supports provides a number of Lower Back Supports that provide support for any activity that involves twisting, bending, and heavy lifting.
Weight lifters are also prone to suffer lower back pain from lifting.
Lower Back Pain from Repetitive Stress
Back pain is common in areas where a person is either sitting or standing for long periods.
Repetitive Strain Injury is a common ailment in the UK. Half a million per year suffer from some form of RSI. A 2008 study showed that 68% of UK workers suffered from some sort of RSI, with the most common problem areas being the back, shoulders, wrists, and hands. It is estimated that RSI related injuries cost UK industry up to £20 billion annually through lost production.