Burden of disability due to musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders

Lyn March, Emma U R Smith, Damian G. Hoy, Marita J. Cross, Lidia Sanchez-Riera, Fiona M Blyth, Rachelle Buchbinder, Theo Vos, Anthony D Woolf

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This chapter summarises the global and regional prevalence, disability (Years Lived with Disability (YLDs)) and overall burden (Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs)) and costs for the common musculoskeletal disorders including low back and neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and a remaining combined group of other MSK conditions. The contribution of the role of pain in disability burden is introduced. Trends over time and predictions of increasing MSK disability with demographic changes are addressed and the particular challenges facing the developing world are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-366
Number of pages14
JournalBest Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Burden
  • Costs
  • DALYs
  • Developing countries
  • Global trends
  • MSK disorders
  • Pain
  • Prevalence
  • YLDs

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