A New Look at The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases

Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, and Toby King

In the United States, more than half of the adult population (18 years and older) report a chronic musculoskeletal condition. Three of the top four most commonly reported medical conditions are musculoskeletal related—chronic low back pain, joint pain, and disability from arthritis. During the period 2009–2011, average annual direct and indirect (lost work) costs attributable to persons with a musculoskeletal disease were $213 billion.

These are just some of the findings reported in the recently released third edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost (BMUS), published by the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), with support from the AAOS.

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