DORN Study Shows Its Pain Management Solutions Saved Clients Over $3 Million in 2016

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Study indicates reduction in workers’ compensation and healthcare costs with a 50% increase in productivity due to DORN pain management offerings; 42% of participants reduced or eliminated medication usage

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We were pleased with the positive impact our programs had on the psychological and secondary effects of chronic pain, particularly on improved morale, better quality sleep and reduced reliance on prescription medication.

DORN Companies (DORN), providers of worksite pain management programs, today announced the results of its 2016 Survey on the Efficacy of Worksite Pain Management, based on approximately 3,000 employees who participated in the company’s onsite treatment and education programs. The survey revealed that DORN’s evidence-based programs saved employers over $3 million by reducing health and worker’s compensation claims, while delivering demonstrable productivity gains from a workforce less burdened by chronic pain and discomfort. Other key findings were as follows:

  • Participants averaged a 55% level reduction in musculoskeletal pain, with a 49% reduction in pain frequency.
  • Employees reported a 50% increase in productivity while 59% reported missing fewer days due to muscular pain and discomfort.
  • 62% would have seen a healthcare professional were it not for the DORN Program, reducing costs for workers’ comp and healthcare.
  • 42% of all participants reported reducing or eliminating medication usage.
  • 99% of all employees reported an improvement in overall morale and a more positive view of their organization; 99% indicated that they were willing to utilize other company programs such as EAPs and wellness programs.
  • 33% of those surveyed have experienced improved sleeping patterns while 80% have begun to exercise and develop healthier habits.

DORN’s onsite pain management, education and monitoring programs are designed to prevent or reduce pain from musculoskeletal injuries, resulting in decreased workers’ compensation and healthcare claims and costs, minimized medication usage, significant increases in productivity and reduced OSHA recordables. DORN solutions include PainRelief™ Therapy, StretchRevitalization™, and educational resources on proper body mechanics and techniques for lifting, pushing, pulling and other manual job-related tasks. The programs are supported by the use of technology to reinforce training and teaching, providing employees with the tools, direction and knowledge to lead more pain-free, fulfilling and productive lives.

“While many intuitively understand the connection between reduced pain and a more prepared, focused workforce, these results make the all-important business case for the bottom line benefits these programs deliver,” said Kevin Lombardo, DORN’s President and CEO. “The responses also validate our Total Worker Health philosophy, where we work with both Human Resources and Risk Management in bringing a holistic approach to the factors that contribute to employee wellbeing. We were also pleased with the positive impact our programs had on the psychological and secondary effects of chronic pain, particularly on improved morale, better quality sleep and reduced reliance on prescription medication, which has significant implications in the battle against the growing opioid epidemic.”

DORN’s new white paper on the “Psychological Effects of Chronic Pain” discusses the “secondary” effects of chronic musculoskeletal pain: anxiety, depression, unclear thinking and/or memory loss. These secondary effects can affect everything from sleep to diet to exercise, which can also result in the abuse of opioids and prescription drugs to alleviate pain, improve sleep, or improve performance.

“More organizations are starting to see the full spectrum of benefits these programs bring,” said Lombardo. “This is underscored by DORN’s 80% growth rate in 2016, and two of our customers who received awards for the program’s contribution to public risk management and workplace safety.”

DORN’s white paper on the “Psychological Effects of Chronic Pain” can be accessed here.

About DORN

DORN was founded in 1998 to help employers save money on workers' compensation claims and reduce OSHA recordables. DORN provides highly skilled Specialists to work on site and treat employees with musculoskeletal issues. In the mid 2000s, the company's business model grew to include an early intervention/prevention approach.

Due to the success of the therapy and a shift of focus to early prevention and intervention, the DORN programs have organically expanded into proactive wellness benefits. Today aligned with a Total Worker Health philosophy, DORN treats employees with pain and discomfort before they develop an injury while educating them on proper techniques to avoid pain and discomfort altogether. Delivering quality care, technology solutions, education, monitoring and impactful outcomes for employees translates to measurable bottom line results for employers. Over the course of the last 17 years, DORN has treated over 30,000 employees saving organizations in excess of $50 million in workers’ comp and healthcare costs through a third party validated ROI in excess of 500% annually.

DORN's mission is to create, implement and manage healthcare solutions that empower individuals and organizations to improve and sustain optimal health, well-being and quality of life. For more, visit

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