Neck and Back Problems
Neck and back problems are extremely common. Back pain is currently the world’s leading cause of disability. During a life time, around 80% of people will experience back pain and two-thirds of people will experience neck pain at some point. The main reason for taking time off work in 2013 was musculoskeletal conditions (such as back and neck pain), leading to 31 million work days lost (Office for National Statistics). Treating all types of back pain costs the NHS more than £1000 million per year (NICE).
Back and neck problems tend to reoccur so it is important that we equip patients to be able to self-manage these conditions and minimise the impact that back and neck pain can have on their everyday lives. Our research in this area has a strong focus on enabling self-management and promoting physical activity in patients with back and neck problems.
Projects of particular relevance to our neck and back theme are shown below.