Neck Pain Linked to Psychosocial and Organizational Risks at Work

If you have ever experienced persistent neck pain, you know that it can affect
every aspect of daily life. Even simple tasks, such as walking, driving a car,
or just sitting or lying down comfortably, can present a challenge when your
neck hurts. In the workplace, neck pain can make it difficult or impossible to
get the job done. Now, investigators at the Canadian National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) with university partners have found a
link between neck pain and specific psychosocial and organizational risks in
the workplace.

In the United States, neck pain and other injuries to the upper arms and back
are the underlying causes of approximately one-third of injury-related lost
workdays in manufacturing. Across all industry nationwide, neck pain affects an
estimated 15% of workers. At NIOSH, the causes and prevention of work-related
neck pain and other muscle and bone injuries are research priorities.

In the current study, investigators found that neck pain was significantly more
common among workers who reported one or more psychosocial and organizational
risks in the workplace than it was among other workers. These risks included
(1) work-family imbalance; (2) exposure to a hostile work environment and job
insecurity; (3) non-standard work arrangements, such as contracting,
consulting, on-call, or temporary work; (4) multiple jobs; and (5) long work
hours. The investigators analyzed data from the 2010 National Health Interview
Survey (NHIS). Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the NHIS collects health information through personal interviews from a
representative sample of the U.S. population.

Intervention programs targeted to these specific risk factors for neck pain
could benefit workers, according to the investigators. In addition, long-term
studies of both psychosocial and physical risks for work-related neck pain are
important to confirm these findings and identify other risk factors.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety