Overview

Musculoskeletal conditions are conditions of the bones, muscles and connective tissues. Common musculoskeletal conditions include various forms of arthritis, back pain and problems, osteoporosis and gout.

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1 in 5 Australians with arthritis experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress

3 in 4 Australians over 45 with arthritis have self-reported at least one other chronic condition

1 in 7 Australians have some form of arthritis

People with osteoarthritis were twice as likely to describe their health as ‘poor’, among those aged 45 and over

There was a 38% rise in the rate of total knee replacements for osteoarthritis from 2005–06 to 2017–18

1 in 11 Australians (9.3%) have osteoarthritis, approximately 2.2 million people in 2017–18