Every year, more than a quarter of a million Australians are being driven to quit the workforce prematurely because of debilitating back and arthritic pain.
This shocking statistic was revealed by Andrew McNamara, chief executive of The Chiropractors' Association of Australia, in a May 1 statement.
Mr McNamara said that retirements due to recurring medical problems are a "major setback to our nation’s productivity, with the government taking a $2.9 billion loss to GDP and an extra $1 billion in welfare payments and loss of tax income annually."
He added that "investment in better back pain treatment that keeps people employed should be part of Australia’s ageing workforce policy".
A corporate health plan could also help your employees get the medical attention they require and give them their best chance at avoiding a forced early retirement.
The Chiropractors' Association of Australia is concerned that instances of back pain could potentially be "woefully under-reported" as workers tend to suffer in silence "because of job insecurity or lack of medical insurance".
That is why Spinal Health Week will be held later this month to raise awareness about the issue, and hopefully encourage companies to introduce measures that can minimize the effect chronic back pain has on their staff and productivity – such as organising business health plans.