Musculoskeletal pain plays a substantial role in individualâs lives and causes impaired function. In the workforce, thirteen percent of workers have experienced lost productive time from common pain conditions costing an estimated $61.2 billion. Musculoskeletal disease accounts for the second largest percentage of healthcare costs, much higher than stroke or coronary heart disease. People with all forms of musculoskeletal conditions result in a total medical care expenditure of $240 billion. Individuals with developmental disabilities are known to suffer from health disparities compared to the general population. Complaints of musculoskeletal pain in individuals with developmental disabilities may be overlooked because of their potential communication deficits, behavioral challenges or comorbid medical issues.
Brett Gerstman, Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Pain in Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
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