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Musculoskeletal conditions

About musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. Musculoskeletal diseases are widespread in the UK, affecting 20 million people. These conditions can be extremely painful and incapacitating.

They can be:

  • Acute, e.g. after an injury
  • Chronic, e.g. degenerative or inflammatory
    • Degenerative ("wear and tear"), e.g. osteoarthritis
    • Inflammatory, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis 

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