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Neurological Disorders

ISSN: 2329-6895

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Open Access Musculoskeletal Disorders Journals

Musculoskeletal conditions comprise more than 150 diagnoses that affect the locomotor system; that is, muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues such as tendons and ligaments, as listed in the International Classification of Diseases. They range from those that arise suddenly and are short-lived, such as fractures, sprains and strains, to lifelong conditions associated with ongoing pain and disability. Musculoskeletal conditions are typically characterised by pain (often persistent) and limitations in mobility, dexterity and functional ability, reducing people’s ability to work and participate in social roles with associated impacts on mental wellbeing, and at a broader level impacts on the prosperity of communities. The most common and disabling musculoskeletal conditions are osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, fractures associated with bone fragility, injuries and systemic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Musculoskeletal conditions affect people across the life-course in all regions of the world. Musculoskeletal conditions were the leading cause of disability in four of the six WHO regions in 2017 (ranked second in the East Mediterranean Region and third in the African Region). While the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions increases with age, younger people are also affected, often during their peak income-earning years. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study provides evidence of the impact of musculoskeletal conditions, highlighting the significant disability burden associated with these conditions. In the 2017 GBD study, musculoskeletal conditions were the highest contributor to global disability (accounting for 16% of all years lived with disability), and lower back pain remained the single leading cause of disability since it was first measured in 1990. While the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions varies by age and diagnosis, between 20%–33% of individuals across the world accept a painful musculoskeletal condition.

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