Musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace, which are commonly the back, knee and shoulder, account for the largest portion of workmen’s compensation costs and a significant portion of every employer’s general health costs. Since healthcare costs continue to increase and outcomes from the current approach are poor, musculoskeletal conditions have become a vital issue to employers and healthcare providers alike.
According to Timothy Flynn, DPT, FAAOMPT at the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, low back pain alone accounted for over $85 Billion worth of expenditures in 2005 alone. The medical model within the current healthcare system does not effectively address a majority of the conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Not only is the medical model inefficient and ineffective, it fundamentally has the wrong focus.
This is why Health Connections Enterprises has brought together experts with diverse backgrounds who understand healthcare, the industrial workplace and the best practices for addressing the musculoskeletal system.