Chronic Pain costing Canadian economy up to $60 billion annually in lost productivity

TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Cira Medical Services, a market leader committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives, released yesterday its newest white paper titled "Chronic Pain: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment". The paper was released at Cira's second annual Industry Leadership Breakfast Seminar in Toronto.

The paper highlights the realities of chronic pain in our society and outlines to employers and insurers some current startling facts:  one in five adult Canadians suffer from chronic pain - and more than 70% of these cases report suffering simultaneously from severe levels of depression.  Stemming from these cases, the estimated cost of chronic pain in Canada in terms of health care and lost productivity is reported at between $50-60 billion annually.

"Arriving at a clear plan of action, one aimed at optimal return to functionality, is a challenge from a clinical, quality of life, and workplace perspective. Wherever possible, it is vital that treatments engage those suffering from persisting pain as proactive participants in their own recovery.  The odds of preserving or regaining functionality in this context are dramatically increased", said Karen Seward, President, Cira Medical Services.

"Ultimately, employees and insured individuals will experience improved quality of life as they gradually resume more of their prior activities and return to their work teams in a sustainable and supported fashion, with the knowledge that their employer/insurer is committed to their long-term success", added Seward.

The paper finds that a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes early intervention, clinical coordination, and proactive case management and planning is the best way to deal with this increasingly complex issue.

To download a copy of Chronic Pain: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment - please visit

About Cira Medical Services (Cira)
Cira Medical Services is a leading national provider of medical assessments and health services for the employer, insurance, and medical legal communities across Canada. With an unparalleled multidisciplinary network of medical professionals and highly qualified, on-staff industry experts, Cira pursues a results-oriented business model designed to meet the needs of each client. Cira is committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives and does so through unique service offerings such as Health Assess™ and Health Reach™. In December 2013, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International awarded Cira its highest level of recognition with a Three-Year Accreditation for the Independent Evaluation Services program. For more information on Cira's services, upcoming events and webinars, and to download one of Cira's white papers, visit

Image with caption: "Cira Medical Services - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Canada Accredited (CNW Group/Cira Medical Services)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Cira Medical Services

For further information:

Karen Seward
Cira Medical Services
180 Dundas Street West, Ste. 1050
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8
T: 1-800-483-3926
Bikram Daulay
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
SCM Insurance Services
101, 5083 Windermere Blvd. SW
Edmonton, Alberta T6W 0J5
T: 780‐930‐5321

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