Are you surprised by the fact that musculoskeletal conditions impact over 1.7 billion people globally? A recent study of worldwide disease factors found a 45 percent growth in musculoskeletal disease over the past 20 years. These can be disabling injuries and conditions, and experts in the field stress the need for greater attention to effective treatments such as rehabilitation and wellness programs.
According to a recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than 60 percent of all accidental injuries in the U.S. are to the musculoskeletal system. These injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, cuts, punctures, contusions and bruises. About 10 percent of musculoskeletal injuries occur while playing some sort of sport and slightly more than 10 percent occurs in the workplace.