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Man with back pain Despite the increased spending on MSK therapies between 2010 and 2019, many MSK treatments simply aren’t providing a long-term solution, instead relying on “quick fix” injections or costly surgeries. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new report finds that treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) issues has doubled in recent years—with no improvement in patient outcomes.

The “State of MSK Report, 2021” was released by Hinge Health, a digital health company that specializes in MSK treatment. The report noted that MSK issues are a top health care cost for many employers, and that the new trend toward remote work may result in an increase in claims in this area, since many home workspaces are not set up to be ergonomically sound.

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