Significant types of illnesses due to work are disorders of the muscles, tendons and joints (particularly in the back, hands and arms). Symptoms vary from mild aches and pains to severe pain and disability.
- Caused by manual handling and lifting
- Muscle and tendon injuries
- Intervertebral disc lesions ('slipped disc')
- Caused by forceful or repetitive movements
- Carpal tunnel syndromes
- Peritendinitis Epicondylitis (e.g.'tennis elbow') Mouse wrist
- Caused by unsuitable posture or repetitive movements
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Computer hump
- Repetitive Strain Injury
For the employer
For years, a number of large companies have retained osteopaths as part of their permanent company health teams. Many smaller companies have also benefited from liaison with their local osteopaths.
Having an osteopath involved in your staff care programmes can lead to a fitter workforce and improved morale, increased productivity and less time off through ill-health.
For the Employee
Most of the 3000 osteopaths in the UK work from private practices. However, many GP's are working more closely with osteopaths and can offer the option of referring the patient to the osteopath on the NHS.
Many people consult an osteopath privately. Telephone local practices for fees in your area.
Many private health insurance schemes now cover osteopathic treatment (discuss the details with your company)
You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath although you may choose to do so.
Osteopaths can provide you with a sick note if you need time off work.
To reach a full diagnosis, your osteopath will need to know about your job:
- Is your work repetitive?
- Do you have much heavy lifting?
- Do you have to bend frequently?
- Do you have to work in an awkward posture?
- Does your work involve frequent finger, hand or arm movements?
- Do you have any work breaks?
- Are you working in bad light conditions?
- Do you sit down at work and for how long?
- Do you spend a great deal of your day on the telephone?
- Are you expected to work to deadlines?
- Of the tasks you perform, which cause you the most discomfort?
- What is your working relationship with peers and employers?
If you have other questions that we have not answered here, don't hesitate to contact us!.