Is work-related stress the new bad back?

A common question that managers ask me during training is ‘has work-related stress become the new bad back’? This question suggests a scepticism towards their staff who are disclosing that they are stressed, and indeed a scepticism of those who have previously reported back pain. I find that this question always leads to an interesting discussion during my training.

I wanted to share a few of my thoughts around this with you, as there are many aspects to this question and it is not an easy one to answer…