Musculoskeletal disorders pose a large burden globally, with some notable inter-country variation. Some countries have twice the burden of other countries. Increasing population awareness regarding risk factors, consequences and evidence-informed treatment strategies for musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on the older female population in developed countries, is needed. This is particularly true for low back and neck pain, and OA, which contribute a large burden among this cohort.
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Excerpted and adapted from: Safiri S, Kolahi A-A, Cross M, et al. Prevalence, deaths, and disability-adjusted life years due to musculoskeletal disorders for 195 countries and territories 1990–2017. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2021 Apr;73(4):702–714.