Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions in 2021



Musculoskeletal conditions often involve injury to joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and/or muscles, and include arthritis and low back pain. Autoimmune conditions are also included in this bracket, such as Lupus.


In 2021, 20.3 million people had a musculoskeletal condition, that's almost one third of the population! More females tend to be affected than males, and the most prevalent age bracket is between 35-64 years of age.


Around 8.5 million people have osteoarthritis, 10 million have back pain, and 1.7-2.8 million people have fibromyalgia, and these conditions can be helped with manual therapy, exercise and lifestyle changes.


Physical inactivity is a key feature in those that suffer with musculoskeletal conditions. 1 in 4 people in the UK do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week, and those that develop long-term MSK conditions are twice as likely to report being physically inactive. Interestingly, 6 in 10 people surveyed reported using physical activity as a method of self-management.


Physical activity reduces the impact of obesity on the body, boosts your mental health, reduces days out of the work place, and carries a plethora of other health benefits.


Regular exercise is a healthy way of life, which keeps you feeling great!


Versus Arthritis (2021)