Conditions that affect the bones, muscles and joints are known as musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include long-term (chronic) conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, back problems, gout, and osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density).
- Cat. no: PHE 317
The musculoskeletal conditions disease group was the leading contributor to non-fatal burden (23.7% of YLD), in 2022
Imaging (8%) and private hospital (33%) portions of musculoskeletal spending were several times the average, in 2019–20
Musculoskeletal conditions contributed to 9,277 deaths in 2021, or 5.4% of all deaths; largely as associated causes
18,500–30,100 Australians aged 0–24 are living with arthritis