Don’t Trick Your Bones, Treat Them!

By Diane Ruyack

A big problem in our country is back pain, as well as arthritis, osteoporosis, broken bones, trauma (caused by sports injuries or automobile accidents for example), and other spinal disorders, hip, knee and foot pain, cerebral palsy, and congenital problems like clubfoot.

The medical costs for these musculoskeletal conditions in the United States is estimated at $849 billion annually.

Every October 12-20 the Bone and Joint Decade celebrates National Action Week to educate the public about prevention activities.

Worldwide, musculoskeletal conditions are the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physical disability. Aging populations throughout the developed world will result in significant increases in musculoskeletal conditions, with attendant increases in costs to those countries.

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