August 1999 Bulletin

Musculoskeletal conditions top list of diseases

Musculoskeletal conditions rank number one among diseases using measures of disability, visits to physician's office and among impairments.

Fact: An estimated 28.6 million people incurred musculoskeletal injuries in 1995, accounting for more than one-half of all injuries.

Fact: Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries accounted for more than 130.7 million visits to physician's offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments in 1995.

Fact: The total cost of musculoskeletal conditions to society in terms of resources used and in lost productivity in 1995 is estimated at $215 billion, up from $125 billion in 1988.

These are a few of the facts from the newly updated Musculoskeletal Conditions in the U.S., (second edition) one of the most valuable research resources published by the Academy.

The publication, like its predecessor, and the Frequency, Impact and Cost of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States, published in 1992 and 1984, respectively, clearly demonstrates the enormous impact of musculoskeletal conditions on daily life, the health care system and the economy.

The text, charts and tables were updated by the Academy's department of research and scientific affairs. The book is available for $50 for members and $80 for nonmembers by calling the Academy's customer service department (800) 626-6726.

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