Bone, joint and muscle conditions are the leading cause of disability in the UK


Reduce back and neck pain are the number one complaints and affect almost 12 million human being — rising by a fifth in just 20 years.

Analysis by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Association [ARMA] using data from the Global Burden of Disease establish 8.7 million people suffered falls causing disability and passing in 2016.

Nearly 5 million people in the UK were disabled by osteoarthritis and 3 million by other circumstances of the bones joints and muscles. 

Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, muscles and joints and now account for one in five visits to the GP and 30.8 million manage days lost each year.

Professor Anthony Woolf, chairman of ARMA, communicated: “Risk factors such as obesity, poor diet and lack of medical man activity are contributing to this rise in the population. 

“To combat this, we want health policy that focuses on good lifelong bone, collaborative and muscle health and preventing and managing these conditions.”

Separate examination suggests up to a sixth of the UK population suffers from back pain at any one over and over again with the chronic condition costing the economy £1billion a year.

Millions rely on effectual over-the-counter pills like ibuprofen to combat the pain but some say they are almost never effective when it comes to relieving chronic back pain with practises saying exercise programmes to boost core muscles, and therefore confirming the back, are more effective.

Chief executive Sue Brown said: “ARMA is expending Bone and Joint Week to call for urgent action to improve the way we act with the bone, joints and muscle health at national, local and proper level so that we can tackle the enormous impact of musculoskeletal conditions on people. Doing so discretion help people live well, independently and actively.”

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