Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Back pain and MSKs are world's greatest health burdens

Back pain and musculoskeletal diseases are the greatest causes of disability around the world, according to a recent Global Burden of Disease study.

MSK diseases and disorders can be a significant problem for office workers. Business furniture buyers should consider how their office landscape affects the daily movements and health conditions of employees.

The study was conducted by the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative and found musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions like arthritis and back pain affect more than 1.7 billion people and have the fourth greatest impact on the overall health of the world population in terms of death and disability. In addition, the number of reported MSK conditions has gone up 45 percent over the past 20 years.

"The burden of musculoskeletal reflects not only the number of people directly impacted, but also the cost of treatment and lost work income," said Dr. Kimberly Templeton, president of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative. "In addition to the direct impact of musculoskeletal conditions, these conditions also can have significant impact on the development or management of other health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease."

It's a good idea to invest in ergonomic chairs and replace low-quality furniture with better, second hand business furniture to save money without sacrificing quality.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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