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Revealed: Jobs most likely to cause work-related pain

A new study has found that a surprisingly high number of Brits are suffering from frequent pain or injuries while at work.

The research, conducted by hot tub and hydrotherapy specialists, Jacuzzi, revealed that almost a third (32%) of Brits experience work related pain every week, with lower back pain topping the list as the most common work-related affliction and 43% of people claimed their work environment caused them to suffer back pain.

However, it is not just lower back pain that is felt by workers, the survey found that neck (37%) and shoulder pain (31%) is common too.

Top 10 industries in which workers experience work-related pain at least once a week:

Construction (71%)
Factory workers (62%)
Retail (55%)
Hospitality workers and Labourers (48%)
Office workers (42%)
The research also asked if their pain has impacted their ability to perform their jobs.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of construction workers have taken between one and two weeks off work due to pain or injury at work.

In comparison, over half (56%) of office workers have never taken time off work due to injury at work, despite 58% claiming to feel pain more than once a month due to their work environment.

Many episodes of pain can be the result of strains and over-exertion at work, creating tension in the muscles and soft tissues all over the body. As a result, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain.1

There are multiple ways to treat and manage pain from pain management medication, physiotherapy or heat therapy. For any pain and stiffness, the use of heat is a convenient way to get some relief as the heat dilates local blood vessels and increases blood flow, which may improve blood circulation in the painful or stiff area while warming up the muscles and other soft tissues, increasing flexibility, and reducing muscle tightness.2

Tracey Hudson, Executive Director, at HR Dept, said: “It’s worrying to see that regardless of the industry, a large portion of workers are experiencing pain, injury or discomfort as a result of their working conditions.

“It’s no surprise to see back pain is the most commonly experienced form of pain, as this is an area of the body that’s put under considerable stress, whether you’re working at a desk or on a construction site.

“If you experience pain due to your work, make sure to raise the issue with a line manager or your employer’s HR department, as they will take steps to ensure you are safe, and will work with Occupational Health or your GP who can often suggest changes to your working environment which can help prevent injury or the recurrence of pain. If these problems persist, or if you suffer a serious injury whilst at work, make sure you visit a healthcare professional and take time off to allow your body to heal.