Musculoskeletal pain is more than just a pain in the neck

September 1, 2004

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites pain as the number one cause of disability in America. It's a widespread, complex affliction that significantly increases healthcare costs and decreases work force productivity. With more than 50 million Americans either partially or completely disabled by pain and nearly two-thirds of full-time workers with painful conditions, health plans and employers now shoulder a greater burden of the pain.