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Multiple site musculoskeletal pain

Multi-site musculoskeletal pain is an important risk factor for reduced work ability, according to this population-based Finnish study. A third of subjects reported pain at a single site during the preceding month; 20% at two sites; 9% at three; and 4% at four sites. Multi-site pain increases the risk of poor self-perceived work ability compared with those with no pain or pain at a single site. Multiple pain sufferers predict their work ability will deteriorate and more commonly consider retiring.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2010; 67: 449–455.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2010 (vol. 07/2) pp39