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SCARY STATS

MUSCULOSKELETAL

The

Behind

DISEASE:
Who Suffers, and at What Cost
The incidence of musculoskeletal diseasethose diseases that affect the muscles, bones, and jointsis on the rise. Find out if youre at risk for the painful, costly effects of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and what you can do to lower your risk.

The Rise of MSDs

More than 30% of the population

suffers from a musculoskeletal disease severe enough to require medical treatment.

135.6 million persons reported


46.6% of the population.
The number of people reporting a musculoskeletal disease increased nearly 14 million from the 76 million reported in 1996. a musculoskeletal disease annually for the years 2002 to 2004. Thats

Who Suffers?
10% of sufferers are under 18 32% are 18-44 35% are 45-64 23% are 65 and over

Categories
Injuries Osteoporosis

are under 18

20%

40%
are 18-44

54%
are over 65

32%
are 45-64

Spine

Arthritis and Joint Pain

42% 37% are 18-44


are 45-64

42% 35% are 45-64


are over 65

The Cost of Musculoskeletal Disease: Healthcare


$
.

$
In the last decade, the cost of caring for musculoskeletal disease has increased

$ $ $

For the years 2004-2006, the annual average direct cost, in 2006 dollars, for musculoskeletal

health care* is estimated to be $576 billion. This is equivalent of 4.5% of the national gross domestic product (GDP).

Estimated Incremental Medical Cost*:

$160.5 Billion

The Cost of Musculoskeletal Disease: Personal


Personal earnings lost, in the United States from 2000 to 2004 (In Billions)

18
Gout

.5 0.5 20 2

19
Rheumatoid Arthritis

.5 0.5 20 2

Osteoathritis and Allied Disorders

Disorders of the Spine

Average Annual Earnings Lost per Person

5 75 7 ,1 4,1 4 1 1 $ $ 9 69 ,36 0,3 0 1 1 $ $ 4 94 ,59 6,5 $6 $

1 1 3 ,23 1,2 1 $ $
Gout Osteoathritis and Allied Disorders Rheumatoid Arthritis Disorders of the Spine

Methods of Treatment and Prevention:

Regular Strengthening Exercises, Including Weight Lifting and Whole Body Vibration

Regular Flexibility Exercises, Including Stretching and Yoga

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Correct Lifting and Carrying Procedures

Medication

References
1. The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States - Copyright 2011 2. http://www.healthline.com/health/musculoskeletal-disorders#Prevention *Both as a direct result of a musculoskeletal disease and for patients with a musculoskeletal disease in addition to other health issues ** That proportion of total direct cost associated with treatment incurred beyond that of persons of similar demographic and health characteristics but who do not have one or more musculoskeletal diseases (i.e., most likely attributable to amusculoskeletal disease)

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