Correct posture and musculoskeletal diseases

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The holiday season has come and gone. For the majority of mortals this means back to work!

The average person spends a third of his life at work and it is of the utmost importance to understand the serious health repercussions that can be caused due to sitting in incorrect postures for prolonged periods of time. Musculoskeletal diseases, also known as MSDs, greatly effects our society as complications can lead to high amounts of absenteeism in the work place.

There are over 150 types of musculoskeletal diseases and syndromes, although those that currently have the largest effect on our workforce and society in general are: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, and limb trauma[1].

According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, “Health loss from musculoskeletal disorders, including neck and lower back disorders and arthritis, is increasing – partly because of rising rates of obesity. Musculoskeletal disorders already account for 13% of all health loss.”[2]

Of the millions of people suffering from muscular and joint pain, the struggle is ongoing and does not discriminate against age. In most cases quality of life can greatly be affected and can seriously affect one’s ability to attend work and personal obligations.

In 2016 almost 15% of Best Doctors Second Medical Opinion cases involved orthopaedic diseases. Our medical experts detected a change in diagnosis in 17% of the cases reviewed and recommended a change of treatment for 25% of them.

In order to diminish the rise of complications associated to musculoskeletal diseases, Best Doctors recommends a conscious attitude to posture in the workplace. A few simple exercises can greatly impact your quality of life in positive ways.

[1] health.govt.nz

[2] ec.europa.eu

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