Back pain is the single biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK. Between
1996 and 1997 119 million working days were lost at a cost to industry of £6bn.
In the region of 60 per cent of adults suffer from back pain every year and 30
per cent are chronic sufferers. The Occupational Health resource guide offers
readers a selection of useful contacts surrounding the topic
16 Elmtree Road
Tel: 0208-977 5474
Fax: 0208-943 5318
BackCare is the new name for the National Backpain Association, the only
national voluntary association concerned with the needs of people suffering
from backpain. The web site provides a comprehensive source of information for
sufferers and therapists treating back pain, as well as information about how
to care for your back, useful statistics relating to back pain, up to date
news, lists of local therapists and practitioners and useful links to other
The British Osteopathic Association
Langham House East
Tel: 01582 488455
Fax: 01582 481532
The largest professional association for osteopaths in the UK.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row
Tel: 0207-306 6666
Fax: 0207-306 6611
A comprehensive site offering practical advice about dealing with back pain.
Healthy Workplace Initiative
Department of Health site relating to Our Healthier Nation Green Paper
released in 1999 and designed to place health and safety at work as a key management
issue. Interesting background information on a number of workplace health
issues including backpain. Links to general Department of Health web site.
Trade Union Congress
Great Russell Street
Tel: 0207-636 4030
Fax: 0207-636 0632
A useful and easy to use web site for anyone wanting further information
about back pain at work. It includes news and general information, as well as
details of the TUC’s back care campaign to raise awareness among female
workers, trade unions and employers Putting Back Pain on the Map launched in
October last year.
Health and Safety Executive
Tel: 0207-717 6000
Fax: 0207-928 6635
An invaluable resource guide covering all aspects of health and safety at
work, but includes useful information about the Government’s Back to Work
campaign, launched in May 1999, allowing employers to bid for up to £50,000 for
projects aimed at combating workplace backpain.
An information-packed resource for health-related news stories and
information, offering background briefings and medical notes for a wide variety
of health related issues, as well as archive news stories and links to other
sites. A large amount of news stories linked to back pain.
British School of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE
Tel: 0207-407 0222
The listing above is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes further
additions from readers as well as suggestions for further topics of interest to
include in this series.