Researchers from the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel (ShARP) investigating musculoskeletal pain have made some interesting observations.

  • 40% of people in the UK go to bed and rest in the hope of easing pain associated with joints and muscles.
  • the lower back is the biggest source of pain.
  • many overweight people suffer joint pain daily
  • 99% of people over the age of 50 experience back pain
  • sitting down and working at a computer for long periods causes problems
  • more women than men suffer musculoskeletal health problems
  • 80% of people are affected by back pain at some point in their lives
  • each year, musculoskeletal conditions cost the country £5.7 billion and 10 million working days

Musculoskeletal conditions are obviously a big cause for concern.

Studies have shown that bed rest can make muscle and joint pain last longer and reduce mobility, meaning that it will often take longer for the patient to recover. Many people suffering with musculoskeletal problems are aware that certain exercises such as swimming, yoga and pilates can help but few seek advice from physiotherapists. This lack of consultation seem to be because suffers mistakenly believe that a referral from a GP is required to access physiotherapy services.

Musculoskeletal pain has a great impact on sufferers’ lives with 25% of people being unable to lift things, one in five being unable to walk very far and 9% saying they could not play with their children or climb stairs. A quarter of those surveyed said they were worried about their future health and almost as many felt that they could do nothing about the pain.

Over 10 million people each year consult a doctor about Arthritis, the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain. Arthritis is associated with being overweight and as more people are becoming obese, the incidence of Arthritis is increasing. Obese people often become trapped in a vicious cycle whereby joint pain reduces physical activity, which leads to increased weight gain which causes more joint pain. A study has shown that people weighing over 14 stone are twice as likely to suffer knee problems than people weighing less than 9 ½ stone.

Lower back pain affects 90% of people who are taller than six foot with taller people often suffering neck and shoulder pain. People suffering neck and shoulder pain often spend more time at a computer, usually for longer than six hours each day. Nearly a quarter of people surveyed blamed their neck and shoulder pain on remaining in the same position for long periods. This is something for the internet generation to think about.

Help is available. Physiotherapists can offer advice about exercise but the most common treatment for back pain in the over 50s are painkillers.

Drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are useful in reducing inflammation but prolonged use can cause stomach problems and a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Therefore, NSAIDs are not recommended for people with a history of stomach ulceration, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Online pharmacies can offer advice and facilitate consultation with online doctors if necessary.

Over the counter medicines can also help but should not be taken for long periods of time or in conjunction with prescription medicines without consulting your GP or pharmacist.

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