One in three Brits say lockdown causes more aches and pains, study shows

Lockdown has caused a rise in aches and pains with more than a third of Brits experiencing back, head and joint pain, a survey has revealed.

The study of 2,000 UK adults shows 36 per cent have experienced increased pain over the past six months.

And a quarter of people put their 'new lockdown pain' down to a poor office or workstation set-up at home while working remotely.

The biggest problem was highlighted as back ache (36 per cent), followed by headaches (34 per cent) and joint pain (27 per cent).

Neck aches affected just over a quarter of respondents and muscle pain came in at 24 per cent.

The research, commissioned by Nurofen, showed lockdown created an interesting pain paradox, where the 'benefits' of working from home also increased pain triggers.

More than one in 21 blamed DIY and gardening for their issues, while 16 per cent said exercised were to blame.

Those aged 25-44 were more likely to claim their pain had increased due to poor home set up for working and looking after children, suggesting it's the result of juggling home schooling with work.

Half of people said stress was a key factor which may reflect the lockdown climate.

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Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, a general practitioner, said: “Pain can affect our mood, relationships, family and work life so it’s important that we take steps to deal with it quickly and effectively.

“It’s clear that adjusting to new ways of living and working has heightened our acute pains, or even caused new ones.

“It is vital that people deal with their pain early to avoid suffering unnecessarily and rely on trusted sources, such as the NHS or a pharmacist to understand the best solution for their individual needs.”

Nikki Jacobs, 39, a parent working from home during lockdown, is among those who have experienced issues.

She said: “Lockdown was quite a roller coaster. It was great to spend more time with the children however working from home, schooling the kids, and juggling family life was stressful and led to headaches and tension pains.

“I’ve always been fit and healthy, so these pains were completely unexpected especially as I never had any issues with pain in the past.

“Going to the GP wasn’t an option, so I just tried to manage it at home by trying to find time to relax when I could or take medication bought in a supermarket despite being unsure if these things would help."

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