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Work demands, work ability and MSDs

Gabrielle Lis

Work that places strain on the lower back reduces work ability more than other types of physical demands; and multiple physical demands cause problems too.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common cause of reduced work ability. Lower work ability is linked to increased sickness absence, reduced productivity and leaving work altogether. Many workers with MSDs do continue working productively. However, its not clear whether there are specific types of injury (e.g. low back pain) or specific types of work (e.g. heavy physical labour) that make remaining at work harder than others. Enter new Dani...

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