Back pain (MSK): The leading driver of employer healthcare cost

Chronic back pain is a costly problem

Chronic back pain is a costly and common problem experienced by millions of employees each year. In fact, over 80% of American adults suffer from back pain at some time in their lives, according to the Veterans Administration/Department of Defense.  Spending on healthcare related to chronic back pain is a leading cost driver for employers and health plans.

Back pain is also a leading cause of missed work days. A cost utility analysis showed that an integrative approach to back pain decreased spend and saved up to 12 working days per year. 

Working from home can make it worse

Prolonged periods of inactivity in an office chair can exacerbate chronic back pain. Many employees started working from home since the start of COVID-19, and most of them don't have access to ergonomic work environments to help protect against back pain. Consequently, the incidence of back pain is likely to increase. 

Employees are seeking out ways to help manage their pain. Integrative health approaches that combine conventional medical care with complimentary therapies may be the answer for your employees. 

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Goodpath can help treat back pain

Integrative healthcare puts the individual at the center of care, addressing their physical, mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, social, and even community needs. Treatments focus on a person’s specific problems, but they also consider their overall health and wellbeing. 

The Goodpath approach combines evidence-based medicine and powerful technology to deliver better care that is easily accessible and less expensive. We leverage algorithms and a world-class medical team to develop personalized treatment programs for employees with back pain, sleep problems, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Our programs are all-inclusive and seamless to use, with pain, sleep, and nutrition coaching through video chat, text message, and email. They also include supplements delivered directly to employees’ homes; on-demand exercise programs; and mind-body interventions, like yoga and other relaxation techniques. All of our program components are scientifically-proven to be safe and effective. 

Our integrative health programs can help treat your employees back pain and save costs. Get in touch with us at

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