Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Exercise for musculoskeletal conditions

by Vicky Skingley

The Cochrane Library – Special collections

NEW: Exercise for musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions frequently have an adverse influence on health and quality of life, and cause more functional limitations than any other group of disorders within the adult population in most developed countries. Estimates from global data indicate that one in four people will experience chronic musculoskeletal pain at some time, and that musculoskeletal conditions are the most commonly reported cause of chronic impairments in the United States. Thus, musculoskeletal conditions are considered to be an international public health issue. Exercise therapy is considered an important component of the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions with the aims of: reducing pain; improving joint stability, functional ability, quality of life and aerobic capacity; and preventing bone loss and fractures.

This special collection brings together a selection of Cochrane Reviews assessing exercise for musculoskeletal conditions including: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, juvenile idiopathic arthritis; regional musculoskeletal conditions in the knee, low back, neck and shoulder; and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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