In February 2020 researchers from Iran published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess whether job strain (or stress at work) is a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain. A total of 21 studies were included in the review. Results showed that job strain appeared to be a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain, with the risk slightly higher in men than women. The researchers therefore concluded that job strain was a risk factor for physical health and that a psychologically healthy work environment was essential for the prevention of health problems.
Amiri S, Behnezhad S. Is job strain a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis of 21 longitudinal studies. Public Health. 2020 Feb 11;181:158-167