More than 70 million physician office visits each year are directly related to musculoskeletal pain. It is also a significant factor in prescription drug use and frequent absences from work. A majority of the County's workers' compensation claims each year are also related to musculoskeletal injuries.
Thus, to increase productivity and decrease the costs of workers' compensation claims, Yuma County Risk Management instituted a program of manual therapy called PRT, or Pain Relief Therapy.
What is PRT? It is deep tissue massage therapy consisting of methods for treating each different type of pain condition. It is designed to reduce or eliminate the painful musculoskeletal conditions of County employees. This reduction in pain increases an employee's quality of life and workplace productivity since a healthy, pain-free worker uses less sick leave and is less prone to accidental injury at work. The benefit to the County is seen in the reduction of costs related to treatment of the employee's pain and in the monetary and morale costs of absent workers.
Numerous County employees have already realized the benefit of this new and exciting program. Here's what some of them have to say:
"Absolutely wonderful program. Keep it going."
"I think this program is very beneficial to the employees in the County and is a real asset to have and a great benefit to keep."
"When I first came in I had pain in my right wrist and shoulders. Now I am almost pain free."
"Feel better than I have for a couple of years. My neck had constant pain and now I definitely feel the difference."
"The therapy has been a tremendous help. In the past I have gone to the chiropractor for weeks at a time, therapy 3x a week for weeks, and never have I had this much relief and so fast."
"Feels good to be able to use arms and hands again."
"I am amazed at how easy it is to be pain free. The explanation and application of stretching has improved my quality of life."