What we’re doing about musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions are a major cause of chronic pain and disability in Australia. Find out what we’re doing to help Australians living with conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and back pain.

What are musculoskeletal conditions?

Musculoskeletal conditions are problems with bones, muscles and joints. In Australia:

  • around 1 in 3 people have some form of musculoskeletal condition
  • 3.6 million Australians have arthritis. Inflammation of the joints can lead to them becoming stiff, painful, swollen or deformed
  • 4 million have some form of chronic back pain, due to problems with the joints, connective tissue, muscles or nerves of the back
  • more than 900,000 have osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become thin, weak, fragile and easy to break

There are more than 150 types of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

See healthdirect for more information about musculoskeletal conditions.

What are we doing about musculoskeletal conditions?

We are addressing musculoskeletal conditions nationally via our:

Several programs and initiatives support treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

See more chronic conditions resources.

Last updated: 
3 March 2020

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