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Why Untreated Shoulder Pain Impacts Personal and Economic Productivity

Those with acromioclavicular AC joint pain or any type of arthritic shoulder pain understand the difficulty of having the condition. In some cases, it could be exhausting that even lifting the affected limb or reaching for something, or any type of movement takes effort. As a result, certain activities could not be performed properly, and some tasks left unaccomplished.

It is important to seek the appropriate assistance when the debilitating shoulder pain hinders mobility and daily functionality. It is also important to view it from a productivity standpoint. In general, when a person has unaddressed shoulder joint pain, his quality of life at home, and performance standards in the workplace may be impacted.

Living With Shoulder Pain

From 2013 to 2015, the number of people suffering from some type of arthritis or joint pain in the United States reached nearly 55 million. The figures, which were collated by the Center for Disease Control, also indicated variances in statewide prevalence. However, the center also forecasted an increase in prevalence rates across the U.S. by 26 percent by the year 2040. This means that around 78 million individuals will be diagnosed with the condition during that period.

Work Performance

Arthritis and joint related conditions also topped the list of disabilities in the U.S. for more than a decade. Aside from variances in state prevalence rates, the center also indicated a difference in age and ethnicity-based data. In terms of work performance, around 1 per 25 working age adults said their joint condition limits the amount of work that they could perform. Those with the condition are also more prone to suffer from a slip or some type of related injury than other individuals without the condition. The center also reported the connection between a higher body mass index or BMI with risk factors for arthritis and related joint conditions.

Overall Economic Impact

While arthritis or joint pain causes personal productivity to sink, it also has an impact on the economy. Another report from the CDC pegged the economic loss due to arthritis and related conditions at around $300 billion in 2013. The figures are a combination of the amount of lost wages and associated health care expenditures.

The report also indicated that the economic costs as a result of the condition had been rising over the years. An earlier analysis made in 2003 indicated expenses due to arthritis and other pain at $128 billion. Six years earlier, the cost was at $65 billion. Based on the trend, the impacts at the personal and workplace level had been creating a ripple in the economy.

Recurring pain in the shoulder joints, or any part of the body could be caused by various reasons. Aside from aging, the condition could also be caused by a fall, sprain, work or sports-related injury. If untreated, the condition could not only cause discomfort but also affect one’s quality of life. Seeking professional help to address the condition would address the issue at the core. As a result, the individual performs well at work and enjoys a life without pain.