Financial Impact of FMS HS
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The burden of musculoskeletal conditions is significant in terms of treatment and care. This also impacts ones quality of life, mobility, and productivity, which results in higher numbers of missed days at work. In 2011, the annual U.S. cost for treatment and lost wages related to musculoskeletal disorders was $213 billion. When adding the burden of other conditions affecting persons with musculoskeletal conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, the total indirect and direct costs rose to $874 billion, or 5.7 percent of the GDP in 2015. Other data on the costs of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries includes:
- 18% of all health care visits in 2010 were related to musculoskeletal conditions, including 52 million visits for low back pain, and 66 million for bone and joint injuries.
- The average annual cost per person for treatment of a musculoskeletal condition is $7,800.
- The estimated annual cost for medical care to treat all forms of arthritis and joint pain was $580.9 billion, which represented a 131 percent increase (in 2011 dollars) over 2000.
- In 2012, 25.5 million people lost an average of 11.4 days of work due to back or neck pain, for a total of 290.8 million lost workdays in 2012 alone.