What can we do about this?
Musculoskeletal injury has put a huge strain on the U.S. workforce and affected the lives of many Americans. Let’s consider some statistics…
• In 2015, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as sprains or strains resulting from overexertion in lifting, accounted for 31 percent (356,910 cases) of the total cases for all workers.1
• Of the total MSD cases, 80 percent occurred to private industry workers. This resulted in an incidence rate of 29.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015.1
• Private industry workers who sustained an MSD required a median of 12 days away from work.
Liberty Mutual, a large workers’ compensation insurance company, reported the total costs to employers are $13.4 billion/year. If you add the indirect costs due to having a worker out of work on injury, it multiplies eleven-fold. By combining the direct and indirect costs of one work-related musculoskeletal injury, the estimate soars to $48,000 to $67,000 per incident.
We can all agree that this is a significant issue, deserving of a solution. So, what can we do about it?
Here at teleMOVEMENT, we think prevention and early, accurate intervention can provide the path to decreasing the impact of musculoskeletal injury in both the work and private lives of all Americans. Furthermore, we think physical therapy is the best-kept secret in fighting the growing impact of musculoskeletal disorders as well as many other chronic disease processes…and that is before we even get into issues like the opioid epidemic. We feel like teleMOVEMENT is a great first step in getting what physical therapy can do for our communities, workplaces and lives. For access to prevention plans as well as directed help with musculoskeletal disorders, come visit us at teleMOVEMENT!
teleMOVEMENT’s current list of workplace prevention plans:
Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2015. US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Electrokinetic Technologies. How Much Does a Musculoskeletal Injury Cost?