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Bone, Joint, Muscle Conditions Strike Half of US: Study

Bone, Joint, Muscle Conditions Strike Half of US: Study
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By    |   Friday, 04 March 2016 04:45 PM

As many as one in two Americans has a musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, or back and neck discomfort, a new study finds.

And with the graying of the baby boom generation — with 10,000 Americans projected to turn 65 each day for the next decade or so — those numbers are only likely to increase in the years ahead because they are often associated with advancing age.

The report, published by the by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, estimates such conditions cost the U.S. about $213 billion each year in treatment, care, and lost wages. That’s roughly the equivalent of U.S. costs for Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition.

"This report provides the critical data needed to understand the magnitude of the problem, and the burden, of musculoskeletal disease in our country," said Dr. David Pisetsky, USBJI president and professor of medicine and immunology at Duke University Medical School.

"The number of visits to physicians for these disorders, the cost of treating them, and the indirect costs associated with pain and loss of mobility, are proportionately much higher than the resources currently being allocated to combat these conditions and injuries."

Dr. Stuart L. Weinstein, co-chair of the report's Steering Committee and a prof
essor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said the findings spotlight the need for more research into the causes of such conditions, as well as the development of effective treatment and prevention strategies.

"As a nation, we need to establish greater funding for musculoskeletal research, improve our understanding and strategies for prevention and treatment of these injuries and conditions, and ensure that more adults and children receive appropriate treatment sooner, and on an ongoing basis, to ensure quality of life and productivity," he said.

According to the report, the most common disorders are arthritis and related conditions; back and neck pain; injuries from falls, work, military service and sports; and osteoporosis, a loss of bone density increasing fracture risk, primarily in older women. Among the specific findings:
  • Arthritis is the most common cause of disability, with 51.8 million — half of U.S. adults age 65 and older — suffering from the disease.
  • With the aging of the American population, arthritis rates will increase to 67 million people, or 25 percent of the adult population, by 2030.
  • Arthritis is not just a disease for older Americans, with two-thirds of arthritis sufferers under age 65.
  • Back and neck pain affects nearly one in three, or 75.7 million adults.
  • Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, with 19 million more (mostly women) at risk for the disease.
  • One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture, and 20 percent of hip fracture patients over age 50 will die within one year of their injury.
  • Eighteen percent of all health care visits in 2010 were related to musculoskeletal conditions, including 52 million visits for low back pain, and 66 million for bone and joint injuries, including 14 million visits for childhood injuries.
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid conditions resulted in an estimated 6.7 million annual hospitalizations.
  • The average annual cost per person for treatment of a musculoskeletal condition is $7,800.
  • The estimated annual cost for medical care to treat all forms of arthritis and joint pain was $580.9 billion, which represented a 131 percent increase (in 2011 dollars) over 2000.
  • In 2012, 25.5 million people lost an average of 11.4 days of work due to back or neck pain, for a total of 290.8 million lost workdays in 2012 alone.
  • Among children and adolescents, musculoskeletal conditions are surpassed only by respiratory infections as a cause of missed school days.

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