Corporate Wellness, Joint Pain and Muscle Imbalances

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Musculoskeletal conditions are the costliest and most rapidly growing group of diseases (1) The number one cause of disability and the number two reason for office visits to doctors in the US is joint pain. 18% of the US adult population will have disabling joint pain at some point in their life. Direct and indirect costs of musculo-skeletal conditions account for over 149 billion or 2.5% of the gross domestic product (1992).  Knee pain specifically is the third most common reason for physician visits and accounts for 14 million office visits in 2009.

Osteoarthritis, the wear and tear form of arthritis, is the most common diagnosis for joint pain with muscle imbalances being a contributing factor in the vast majority of cases.  70% of all people visiting physician however, receive drugs (anti-inflammatories and analgesics) as the primary treatment but these therapies do not address underlying causes.

Joint misalignment is an independent risk factor for osteoarthritis progression and specific exercises can prevent or delay osteoarthritis. The questions that need to be answered are: which muscles need to be exercised and; which exercises should be avoided?

The good news! The Diagnosis Foundation (DxF) is offering corporations a way to reduce their medical and workers compensation expenses by addressing this issue.  The DxF can come to your facility and:

  • Screen personnel for imbalanced muscle strength in either the legs, ankles, arms or wrists
  • Refer personnel with abnormal muscle strength balance to your company physicians or other doctors who specialize in these conditions
  • Train your personnel to continue the screening programs
  • Give presentations to educate your personnel in the importance of balanced muscle strength
  • Help design research programs and pilot studies exploring the potential financial benefits of a balanced muscle strength program before rolling out a company wide initiative.

For more info and statistics about balanced muscle strength & how it can help your corporate wellness program see:

Research

Balanced Muscle Strength screenings

Balance Muscle Strength online course

(1) http://www.worldatwork.org/adimComment?id=73354&from=Benefits%20News%20All

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