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NAWHC Virtual Symposium: Discover Best Practices in Treating Patient’s Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Back Pain

WorkWell Injury PreventionNever before has employee health been so important. Between the ramifications of the pandemic and five generations in the workplace, onsite care is critical to reduced costs, improved employee health, productivity, and engagement. 

One of the most prominent health issues employers are dealing with today is MSK disorders, which encompass a broad range of inflammatory and degenerative conditions that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, peripheral nerves, and supporting blood vessels.  Patients often suffer from pain, numbness, tingling, aching, stiffness, or burning.  The lower back, neck, shoulder, forearm, and hands are the parts of the body usually affected by MSK disorders.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Disorders a Costly Problem for Employers

MSK problems are often among the top three conditions and cost areas for employers in all industry sectors. These painful disorders result in an increase in sickness absenteeism, and early retirements.

MSK injuries significantly contribute to the imbalance between hours paid and hours worked, resulting in a significant workforce productivity decrease. For most U.S. employers, the health-related and injury-related direct program costs are objectionable; when the indirect costs are factored in, the numbers are staggering. 

However, firms with onsite or near-site clinics, have an opportunity to identify and address MSK and pain problems early and for less cost and lost productivity.

Virtual Symposium for Help in Treating MSK and Back Pain on December 9

For employers looking for help treating MSK and back pain, the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) and the Center for Workforce Health and Performance are hosting an online educational event.  A virtual symposium for employers, worksite clinic vendors and providers on best practices in treating musculoskeletal conditions and pain will be held on December 9, 2020.

Information on evidenced-based research developed by PCORI (the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), leading employers, and other experts and organizations will be presented and discussed. There will also be enlightening sessions on Preventing Pain and MSK Conditions, The Research on Managing and Treating Pain and Integrating Providers for Treatment and Management of Pain. 

WorkWell’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Schmidt will present an informative session on Today’s Workers and On-Site PT Services: What They Want. What They Use.

To register or learn more about this exciting program click here.

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