Back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK after stress. About 7.6 million work days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2012-13.
The most common causes of back pain are strained muscles or ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress.
Most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. Although painful, back pain isn’t serious in most cases. The pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks.
Sitting badly in front of a computer for hours on end is storing up trouble. The body can tolerate being in one position for only a short period of time before you feel the need to adjust.