Musculoskeletal Disease Prevalence


Lead Author(s): 

Edward H. Yelin, PhD
Miriam Cisternas, MA

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

We estimate that 107.5 million persons annually experienced musculoskeletal disease in the 2012-2014 period, an increase of 31.5 million since 1996-1998. Our estimates, based on analysis of MEPS data, may differ from those derived from other sources due to variations in data collection and definitions for musculoskeletal disease. This is over one-third of the population affected by a musculoskeletal condition at least once per year in the 2012-2014 period — an increase of 6 percentage points between from 1996-1998 (28.0% to 34.0%). (Reference Table 8.1.1 PDF CSV)

Using the broader AAOS definition of musculoskeletal diseases, an average of 162.4 million (51.4% of the population) reported such conditions annually over the 2012-2014 period, an increase from the 121.1 million (44.7%) reporting the conditions in 1996-1998. (Reference Table A8.1.1 PDF CSV)


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