Teenagers with back pain have a higher risk of absenteeism in adult life

Pieter Coenen (researcher at the department of Public and Occupational Health, location VUmc)  has recently published an article in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health about the association between low back pain among teenagers and adulthood work absenteeism. The study showed that teenagers who do not go to school because of back or neck pain have a three times higher risk of work absenteeism in adult life. It can therefore be concluded that the development of neck and back pain during adolescence can impact future employment. In order to keep people employable for a long time, it is important to identify and address back and neck pain and the way people deal with this pain as early as in adolescence. 

Read more (in Dutch) on: VUmc website

Read the original article (in English) on: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health