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Analysis shows high burden of musculoskeletal diseases worldwide

Musculoskeletal disorders are disorders that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints, and they can also seriously affect the mental health of individuals, and such disorders are especially common among the elderly. 

Author: Aldiyarbek Nurlan 

Translator: Tursunova Balkadisha 

Editor: Aigerim Akhmetova  



For analysis, the researchers examined data from the global burden of disease (GBD-a group of indicators that characterize mortality and disability from major diseases) of the 2017 study, from 1990 to 2017. Musculoskeletal disorders include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, gout. Scientists found that there were about 1,300,000,000 common cases and 121,300 deaths due to musculoskeletal disorders in 2017. 


“Our study describes the huge global burden of disability due to musculoskeletal diseases in one article. These conditions are underestimated, despite their huge costs to people, the economy, and the health system. In addition, there has not been any significant reduction in the burden of these conditions over time, which means that not enough attention is still being paid to address the problem, " the researchers commented. 


The researchers said policy makers should be aware of the scale of this growing problem, especially in light of the rapidly aging population around the world. “A global response is needed, and it needs to be integrated with other strategies that can address some of the modifiable and important risk factors for musculoskeletal diseases, including obesity, poor nutrition, Smoking, and sedentary lifestyles, " the researchers said. In addition, emphasis should be placed on reducing ineffective care for some of the most burdensome conditions, such as lower back pain and osteoarthritis, which exacerbate the problem.