Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are a common and costly problem for people and companies across the United States. MSDs are the single largest category of workplace injuries and are responsible for almost 30% of all worker’s compensation costs. (source: BLS) U.S. companies spent 50 billion dollars on direct costs of MSDs in 2011. (source: CDC) Indirect costs can be up to five times the direct costs of MSDs. (source: OSHA) The average MSD comes with a direct cost of almost $15,000. (source: BLS) The economic and human costs of MSDs are unnecessary. Musculoskeletal disorders are preventable. To lay the foundation for an MSD prevention strategy, it’s important to understand what MSDs are and what causes them. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to allocate your time, attention and resources most effectively to prevent MSDs.