Erie, PA. –November 20, 2018 – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) announced today the start of research into one of the most disabling and costly afflictions suffered by Americans. Musculoskeletal disorders, such as acute joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, sports trauma, and other ailments accounted for 18% of all health care visits.
Using new technology developed by medAppraise, Inc. of Sarasota Florida, LECOM researchers will be able to track and rate joint movement in injured and non-injured test subjects. This will set a baseline before the research team begins therapeutic treatment using physical therapy and osteopathic manipulation. Eventually, the research will determine the effectiveness of these treatments. > > Read more
Additional information about the value of implementing injury prevention programs and the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on the working population can be found in the following articles.
OSHA has published a series of studies regarding the impact of workplace musculoskeletal disorders and the need to establish prevention programs. One of their most recent reports, 1218-AB58 – 2014. Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, discusses the impact musculoskeletal disorders have on the workplace. It can be found at:
The National Safety Council has completed a number of studies regarding injury prevention and developed various programs to address this issue. Their report, The Business Case for Injury and Illness Prevention, discusses the costs associated with workplace injuries and the benefits to be realized from addressing these risks.
Additional information about the National Safety Council’s Journey to Safety Excellence can be found at www.nsc.org/journey.