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Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in Great Britain

Summary

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) can affect muscles, joints and tendons in all parts of the body. Most work-related MSDs develop over time and can also result from fractures sustained in an accident.

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show:

The THOR-GP reporting network did not suggest any significant changes in the reported incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the most recent three years (2011-2013) where a consistent method for reporting has been used.

General practitioners in the THOR-GP reporting scheme identify heavy lifting, keyboard work and manipulating materials as the main tasks associated with the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders seen in their clinics.

Estimated rates for total cases and new cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Great Britain, for people working in the last 12 months

Figure 1: Rates for total cases and new cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Great Britain

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Note: No ill health data collected in 2002/03 and 2012/13

Updated 2014-10-07