New local centre to research work related pain

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Southampton General Hospital

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As an avid reader of our local paper, Southern Daily Echo I am always on the lookout for any interesting news stories that I can pass on to you via my informative blogs!

This week I read about the new medical research centre that has opened at Southampton General Hospital. The purpose of the centre is to find cost effective ways to reduce the impact of muscle, joint and bone problems on people's jobs and productivity at work.

The Director of the centre, Professor David Coggon advised, "Musculoskeletal conditions are a major cause of sickness absence and job loss". The centre aims to find new ways to preventing their occurrence and helping employees who are affected to stay in productive work. The focus of the centre will, in the main, be on back, neck and arm pain, osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis.

The centre also plans to launch a number of research projects to include social media campaigns and working with GP's to improve the effectiveness of doctors notes.

I am confident we will hear a lot more, both about and from, the centre in the coming months.

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