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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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Why is chronic neck and back pain being called an economic problem?

People who experience chronic pain of any kind may find it difficult to work or participate in every day activities. If someone has a chronic neck or back pain, this may result in them calling in sick to work (cost to the employer), seeing doctors more frequently (cost to self or health insurance),and taking more medications.

If the pain becomes severe, they may not be able to care for themselves and require either hospitalization or some sort of home health care, if it is available.

Research has also shown that people with chronic conditions can become depressed or anxious. This can also lead to other issues that can have economic impacts. By dealing with the disorder before it becomes chronic, it is possible to avoid the economic fall out.


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