USBJD project draws attention to burden of musculoskeletal conditions
More than three of every five accidental injuries that occur annually in the United States are to the musculoskeletal system. In 2004, more than 57.2 million musculoskeletal injuries were treated in healthcare settings and accounted for 60 percent of injuries of all types treated that year.
Musculoskeletal injuries include sprains and strains, usually incurred during sudden movement or excessive use (16.3 million injuries in 2004); fractures (15.3 million); open wounds, cuts, and punctures (10.3 million); and contusions and bruises (8.4 million). Many more musculoskeletal injuries occur at home that are not reported.