Bone and Joint Action Week – How to Reduce Costs Associated to Related Conditions

October 14 to 20 is the Bone and Joint Action Week. This date has been selected to bring awareness on disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities treated during this week are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment. 

To be able to explore in depth and better understand the problems of bone and joint diseases it is essential to mention the findings of “The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States” report (Executive Summary of The Burden of Musculoesketal Conditions in the United States)

This third edition goes deep and provides the most updated and reliable information about the bone and joint issues affecting the US population today.  Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases alone was estimated at $874 billion from 2009 to 2011 – equal to 5.73 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

The following is across all professions:

  1. Workdays lost to back or neck pain in 2012: 290.8 million.
  2. Number of people affected: 25.5 million.
  3. Average number of workdays lost per person: 11.4.
  4. The average annual cost per person for treatment of a musculoskeletal condition is $7,800.
  5. In 2011, 18% of health care visits were driven by musculoskeletal conditions.

The bottom line of the study concludes that investments in research, prevention, and better access and treatment are not aligned with prevalence, burden, and future projections.

For example, CONEXIA ‘s Risk Management module evaluates illness of individuals, also considering their pre-existing conditions, risk factors and family history at the time of enrollment for medical coverage.

This module facilitates the identification and adherence to health care programs, which are designed according to international medical guidelines to provide better care, aiming to minimize morbidity and chronicity of pathologies of interest. Health Care providers can optimize the quality of life of chronic patients through monitoring that enables management through our tools.

CONEXIA also contributes to better access to health services through the creation of agreements with specialized entities, as well as being able to establish automatic approval benefits related to each condition.

As Dr. Edward H. Yelin, PhD, co-chair of the report’s steering committee, and professor of medicine and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco said:

“This is the time to act to change this scenario to one with more evidence-based interventions and effective treatments, while simultaneously focusing on prevention” .


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