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Musculoskeletal Health: Addressing the Leading Causes of Disability.

Authors
  • Allen, Kelli D1
  • 1 research professor, Department of Medicine & Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; associate director, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Durham, North Carolina [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
North Carolina medical journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
78
Issue
5
Pages
306–309
Identifiers
DOI: 10.18043/ncm.78.5.306
PMID: 28963263
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Musculoskeletal conditions are not only the most common group of chronic health problems in our country, but they have a profound impact on critical domains of health including pain, disability, work participation, mental health, and potentially mortality. There are challenges to the treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions, including the current epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse. However, there are also evidence-based therapies that can be more effectively incorporated into care models for these conditions. This issue of the NCMJ describes the impact of common musculoskeletal conditions, gaps in care, and strategies for improving both prevention and management of these conditions.

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