Silver Book Fact
More than half of workforce adults surveyed reported experiencing headache, back pain, arthritis, or musculoskeletal related pain in the previous 2 weeks. 12.5% of the workforce reported that their pain caused a loss of productivity–an an average of 4.6 hours per week was lost. People with severe pain report missing an average of 5 to 5.9 more work days per year than people without pain.
Stewart W, Ricci J, Chee E, Morganstein D, et al. Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common Pain Conditions in the U.S. Workforce. JAMA. 2003; 290(19): 2443-54. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=197628