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According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

  • In 2006, musculoskeletal symptoms were the number 2 reason for physician visits. Musculoskeletal symptoms include pain, ache, soreness, discomfort, cramps, contractures, spasms, limitation of movement, stiffness, weakness, swelling, lump, mass, and tumors to the musculoskeletal system. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • More than one in four Americans has a musculoskeletal impairment. 1 United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders cost the United States nearly $850 billion yearly. 1 United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
  • There were more than 132 million physician visits for musculoskeletal symptoms in 2006. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions include injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons and conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Arthritis is the leading chronic condition reported by the elderly. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Back or knee injuries are the most prevalent musculoskeletal impairments. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Back Problems: Approximately 21 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to back problems in 2006, including more than 8 million visits for low back problems. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Knee Problems: Approximately 12 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to knee problems in 2006. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Shoulder Problems: Almost 7.5 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to shoulder problems in 2006. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Work Loss Days: Currently employed workers in the United States miss nearly 440 million days of work because of musculoskeletal injuries. 2 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.

Reference List

1 . United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
2 . National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.