of Direct Health Care Expenditures Among Individuals With Shoulder Dysfunction
Johnson MP, Crossley KL, O’Neil ME, Al-Zakwani IS.
Introduction/Purpose: Shoulder pain is a common
musculoskeletal condition that frequently requires the attention of health care
professionals, including physical therapists (PT). Prevalence of shoulder pain
in the general population has been estimated to range from 1.7% to over 25%.
Shoulder problems accounted for approximately 12 million visits to physicians’
offices in 2000, as well as substantially contributing to the $215 billion
overall cost of musculoskeletal disorders in the U.S. Overall costs include lost
productivity, disability payments and direct health care expenditures. Despite
its pervasiveness, there is little information regarding the direct health care
costs associated with shoulder pathology in the
billion dollars were spent in total direct care costs for patients with
musculoskeletal disease in 2000.
dysfunction represents nearly 19% of all direct care costs associated with
musculoskeletal disease. Those most affected appear to be within the working
class segment of the population.
Clinical Implications: As advocates for our patients and profession, we are working hard to build an evidentiary base to support our clinical practice. This study identifies the magnitude of the problem related to specific costs for shoulder care. Therefore, it should help in elevating the priority for and promoting greater funding and support of further research into the area of shoulder dysfunction.