With a large percentage of the adult population reporting an issue with back pain and the directly resulting costs due to treatment and absenteeism totaling over 2 billion per year, employers are taking note. Wellness programs are shifting focus to create innovative ways to aid sufferers and employees alike. The programs are becoming wider in range to deal with stressors that can contribute to worker pain. One program teamed up with a wearables technology provider to help workers become aware of their posture and the ways in which they can improve it, which is often a key variable in developing back pain.
- The number of employees beginning to have back pain is growing.
- Improving posture can benefit those with or without back pain.
- Wellness programs along with financial programs are being introduced by employers.
“Back pain accounts for 10% of healthcare costs and is a major cause of lost productivity, according to EBN.”