Musculoskeletal pain is a considerable health and economic burden

Musculoskeletal pain is a considerable health and economic burden

Back/neck pain:

  • Affects approximately 25% of the working population in the US1
  • Cost $86 billion in direct costs in 2005 (65% increase since 1997) 2
  • Approximately $14 billion in lost wages annually due to back pain3,4

Severe headache/migraine:

  • 20% of people aged 18-44, 15% of ages 45-64 in 20091

Benefits of chiropractic care:

  • Effectiveness demonstrated among patients with low back pain, neck pain and headaches6-8

In the occupational setting:

  • Physician and chiropractic care were both effective, but employees more satisfied with chiropractic treatment9
  • Lower subjective pain scores, improved tolerance for work related Activities following chiropractic care for work-related spinal injuries10
  1. US DHHS. CDC, NCHS. Health, United States, 2010: With Special Feature on Death and Dying. Hyattsville, MD. Table 52. Severe headache or migraine, low back pain, and neck pain among adults 18 years of age and over, by selected characteristics: United States, selected years 1997–2009. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf#126.
  2. Martin BI, et al. JAMA 2008; 299(6):656-664.
  1. CDC. Prevalence and Most Common Causes of Disability Among Adults – United States, 2005. MMWR 2009; 58(16):421.
  2. Chapter 2. Spine: low back and neck pain. In: United States Bone and Joint Decade: the burden of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States. Prevalence, societal and economic cost. Rosemont, IL. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://www.boneandjointburden.org/pdfs/BMUS_chpt2_spine.pdf.
  3. CDC. Worker Health eChartbook. Number and percent distribution of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses and musculoskeletal disorders involving days away from work by number of days away from work, Private industry. http://wwwn.cdc.gov/niosh-survapps/echartbook/Chart.aspx?id=1298&cat=568.

Investing in the health of your employees has been proven to reduce absenteeism, healthcare and disability costs, while improving productivity, retention and loyalty.

Investing in the health of your employees has been proven to reduce absenteeism, healthcare and disability costs, while improving productivity, retention and loyalty. Common issues facing employers, such as the aging workforce, workplace mental wellness, and health related costs can be addressed with the implementation of a workplace wellness program.

  • “For every dollar spent on a Corporate Wellness Program, the returns have been cost savings of between $2.30 and $10.10 in the areas of decreased absenteeism, fewer sick days, reduced WSIB claims, lowered health and insurance costs, and improvements to employee performance and productivity.” 1
  • Thirty-seven percent of employers with 500-1,000 employees reported having an onsite clinic, while 48 percent with fewer than 200 employees said they have some sort of worksite health program in place 1
  • Over half (52.7 percent) of the workforce surveyed reported having headache, LBP, arthritis or other musculoskeletal pain in the past two weeks, and 12.7 percent of all workforce lost productive time in a two-week period due to pain.
  • Headache (5.4 percent) was the most common pain condition prompting lost productive time, followed by LBP (3.2 percent), arthritis (2 percent) and other musculoskeletal (2 percent).
  • Workers lost an average of 4.6 hours per week of productive time due to a pain condition, with other musculoskeletal pain (5.5 hours/week) and arthritis or LBP (5.2 hours/week) producing the largest amounts of lost productive time.
  • Lost productive time from common painful conditions was estimated to be $61.2 billion per year, while 76.6 percent of lost time was attributed to reduced work performance, not absenteeism.
  • Back pain is expensive: the economic burden of LBP is immense and appears to be growing. 9
  • The February 2010 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reported that the direct costs of treatment for LBP in the U.S. are over $50 billion a year – more than half the amount spent per year on cancer treatment. 10

1 Sherman, B.W., Fabius, R.J. Quantifying the Value of Worksite Clinic Nonoccupational Health Care Services: A Critical Analysis and Review of the Literature. Journal of Environmental Medicine. Vol 54, Number 4, April 2012.

Deyo RA, Tsui-Wu YJ. Descriptive epidemiology of low-back pain and its related medical care in the United States. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 1987; 12:264.

6 Cassidy JD, Carroll LJ, Côté P. The Saskatchewan health and back pain survey. The prevalence of low back pain and related disability in Saskatchewan adults. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 1998; 23:1860.

7 National Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain.http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf; Accessed January 6, 2015

8 Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D.; Lost productive work time costs from health conditions in the United States: results from the American Productivity Audit; J Occup Environ Med. 2003 Dec;45(12):1234-46. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14665809; Accessed January 5, 2015

9 Dagenais S, Caro J, Haldeman S.; A systematic review of low back pain cost of illness studies in the United States and internationally; Spine J. ; 2008 Jan-Feb;8(1):8-20

10 Texas Physical Therapy Specialists; http://www.texpts.com/SpineCare.aspx; Accessed January 6, 2015

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