Other MSK conditions

About Arthritis and other Musculoskeletal Conditions

‘Musculoskeletal conditions’ is a broad term, encompassing around 200 different conditions affecting the muscles, joints and skeleton. Around 10 million adults, and around 12,000 children, have a musculoskeletal condition in England today.

Musculoskeletal conditions are a major area of NHS expenditure, comprising a separate ‘programme budget’ which – in 2009-10 – consumed £4.76 billion (over £13 million a day). This represents a greater spend than on neurological conditions, diabetes, and infectious diseases, and is an equivalent level of expenditure to that on respiratory conditions. Expenditure on musculoskeletal conditions has risen rapidly in recent years and it is now the fourth highest area of NHS programme budget spend.

The management of musculoskeletal conditions cuts across public health, NHS and social care. Click to visit resourcesExamples of conditions where this is clearly the case include back pain and rheumatoid arthritis.