Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are of immense importance in the occupational sphere. In Europe, work-related MSDs are leading the statistics for sickness absence and result in high direct costs (costs of treatment) and indirect costs (loss of production). Usually the causes of work-related MSDs are multifactorial and there are numerous work-related risk factors for the various types of MSDs.
Workers are generally exposed to several factors at the same time and the interaction of these effects are often unknown.
Research in this area should contribute to a better understanding of work-related MSDs that allows for an evidence-based development of appropriate and more effective prevention approaches and risk assessments.