Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that can affect your muscles, bones, and joints. MSDs include: tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
(RA), fibromyalgia, bone fractures. MSDs are common. And your risk of developing those increases with age. The severity of MSDs can vary. In some cases, they cause pain
and discomfort that interferes with everyday activities. Early diagnosis and treatment may help ease symptoms and improve long-term outlook. Musculoskeletal conditions comprise more than 150 diagnoses that affect the locomotors system; that is, muscles, bones, joints
and associated tissues such as tendons and ligaments, as listed in the International Classification of Diseases. They range from those that arise suddenly and are short-lived, such as fractures, sprains and strains, to lifelong conditions associated with ongoing pain
and disability. Musculoskeletal conditions are typically characterized by pain
(often persistent) and limitations in mobility, dexterity and functional ability, reducing people’s ability to work and participate in social roles with associated impacts on mental wellbeing, and at a broader level impacts on the prosperity of communities. The most common and disabling musculoskeletal conditions are osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, fractures associated with bone fragility, injuries and systemic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
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