Early Symptom Evaluation for Musculoskeletal Complaints: How This Tool Is Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Claims Costs
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It’s common for an employee to dismiss a little wrist or back pain here and there. A light ache, many people think, will go away on its own. They may try to push through it and continue to attend to their regular duties at their job. Maybe they treat it with a little ice or an over-the-counter pain reliever.
These little aches and pains don’t always go away on their own; sometimes, they’re the beginning of a more serious musculoskeletal injury.
“There is an opportunity to help someone before they have full-blown tendonitis, a full-blown strain, a bad sprain, you can help people when they’re just sore, when they’re just fatigued, when they’re maybe just dealing with a minor complaint,” said Chris Studebaker, PT, DPT, senior director of onsite preventive services for Concentra.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common workers’ compensation injuries. Encompassing everything from lower back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome, these soft-tissue injuries account for close to 30% of all workers’ comp claims costs, OSHA reports.
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