Carpal tunnel injuries are the most expensive musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) suffered by American workers today
Carpal tunnel injuries are the most expensive musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) suffered by American workers today. Intracorp's Carpal Tunnel/Upper Extremity program helps organizations prevent and aggressively manage this widespread, painful, debilitating -- and costly -- injury.
The program combines a corporate return-to-work program with ergonomics expertise to manage risk factors and overcome functional barriers by employing pre- and post-injury plans. The program builds upon an established foundation of experience in ergonomics and injury management. The company's traditional ergonomics services include job analysis and worksite evaluation, ergonomic consultations, training and program evaluation. These prevention programs are designed to help employers curtail all preventable injuries, including other high-dollar, high-frequency MSDs like back, knee and shoulder injuries as well as others.
- Repeated trauma cases cost U.S. business $950 million/year in direct compensation.
- Repeated trauma cases cost U.S. business $3 billion including overtime, training and lost production.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that carpal tunnel syndrome incurs a median of 25 lost workdays, outpacing the lost work time sustained by fractures and amputations.
- In 1997, more than 12,560 cases incurred in excess of 31 days away from work and in 1998, the average cost of a case was $16,000, according to the BLS. Many employers estimate that their costs far exceed that figure, averaging as much as $30,000 per case.
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