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Chronic musculoskeletal disorders: finding the right solutions to stay in work


As the age of Europe’s working population increases, so do the chances of workers having chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). But — with the right support — those with chronic conditions can continue working.

A comprehensive report sets out how this can be achieved, with examples of simple workplace adjustments and good practice advice on effective return-to-work planning, underlining the crucial roles of early intervention and worker-employer communication. An accompanying analysis of eight case studies illustrates how flexibility, innovation and trial and error can bring about solutions to suit everyone.

The new report and other guidance on working with chronic MSDs are now available on a dedicated section of the Lighten the Load campaign website.

Read our new report and summary Working with chronic MSDs

Download our case study analysis and summary for real-life examples of chronic MSD management

Visit the chronic conditions priority area web section