Munich - According to survey for DAK-Gesundheit, three quarters of employees in Bavaria had back pain in the past year. Back pain is the second most important diagnosis after acute respiratory infections, the DAK announced in Bavaria today.
Five percent of employees were on sick leave at least once in 2017 because of back pain. In total, there were more than 4.5 million lost days due to back pain, which accounts for around tenth of all absenteeism in companies.
According to the Forsa survey for the around 690,000 workers in Bavaria - that is about one in ten - have chronic pain that lasts three months or more. However, according to the information, only about one in three of all back patients went to the doctor.
Back problems are also an issue in the clinics: in 2016, more than 40,000 hospital cases were registered in the Free State because of this, an increase of around 130 percent in the last nine years. Almost half of the patients are admitted as an emergency. At 361 per 100,000 inhabitants, the number of hospital cases is well above the national average (306).
The head of the DAK state representative in Bavaria, Sophie Schwab, called for offers in the areas of prevention and care to be examined deliver. And: "Since stress and psychological stress can have strong impact on the health of the back, this aspect should be given greater consideration in diagnosis and treatment."