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One in two Americans have a musculoskeletal condition costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages
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ORLANDO, Fla., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 126.6 million Americans (one in two adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition—comparable to the total percentage of Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition—costing an estimated $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages, according to a new report issued today by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).
Musculoskeletal disorders—conditions and injuries affecting the bones, joints and muscles—can be painful and debilitating, affecting daily quality of life, activity and productivity. "The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans: Opportunities for Action" outlines the prevalence and projected growth of musculoskeletal disorders in the U.S., and recommends strategies for improving patient outcomes while decreasing rising health and societal costs.