EMPLOYEE MUSCULAR AND JOINT INJURIES ARE AMONG THE LEADING CAUSES OF LOST DAYS IN THE WORKFORCE
- Research shows that pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
- Over 35% of employees indicate they suffer from back, shoulder or neck pain and Over 40% of recordable injuries are due to “strain and sprain” injuries.
- A rapid increase in soft tissue injuries (leading to actual recordable injuries) has occurred following periods of inactivity (plant shutdown, line balance change, vacations, etc.).
- $1 of every $2 of Worker’s Compensation costs are spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s).
- Employers pay $15-20 billion per year in Worker’s Compensation costs for lost workdays.
- Worker’s Compensation claims per injury equal $29,000-$32,000 per year.
- Medical bills for the average shoulder injury (excluding surgery) are $20,000 per year.
- Medical expenses and Worker’s Compensation costs from work-related MSD’s are increasing 2.5 times faster than benefit costs.
- Musculoskeletal disorders account for 1/3 of all workers’ compensation claims and also cost organizations hours of lost productivity, costly legal fees, tedious administrative time, and a damaged safety culture.
- Over $ 20 billion per year is spent on worker’s compensation insurance for carpal tunnel treatment and over $ 1 billion in lower back pain treatment.
- More than 1/2 of the nations workers have jobs with potential for repetitive stress injuries.
- Sitting by itself is an orthopedic disaster and can lead to the following problems: Neck pain, TMJD, Carpal tunnel syndrome, knee problems, lower extremity problems, shoulder dysfunction, poor breathing mechanics, low back pain, hernias, pelvic floor dysfunction and hip dysfunction, etc.