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How Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Opens The Door To Opioid Dependency

posted by Hinge Health

on June 24, 2019

As employers grapple with addressing opioid misuse, experts have identified flawed chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain management as a key contributor.

People who live with chronic pain are less productive in the workplace and are costlier for their employers. The average workforce experiences a 13% loss in productive time due to chronic pain conditions.

Most large employers are acutely aware of their opioid problem, but what they may be less aware of is the pathway that leads workers to opioid misuse: chronic MSK pain like back and joint pain.