Tackling the number one cause of disability in the UK
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Tackling the number one cause of disability in the UK

Graeme Wilkes Sport and exercise medicine consultant and medical director, Connect Health, Tyne and Wear

Bone, joint and muscle conditions are the leading cause of disability in Britain – but prevention and self-care are just two things nurses could do to help reduce escalating numbers

Over the past 20 years, the number of people with low back and neck pain increased by nearly 21% in the UK, overtaking ischaemic heart disease as the number one cause of disability and death, a 2017 Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance study revealed. Using the Global Burden of Disease data, the alliance found that in the UK in 2016:

Primary Health Care. 28, 3, 22-23. doi: 10.7748/phc.28.3.22.s21

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