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Sydney Musculoskeletal Health

Global improvements in musculoskeletal health and physical activity
Sydney Musculoskeletal Health is a partnership between the University of Sydney, Sydney Local Health District and Northern Sydney Local Health District. We work with leaders in health on research, clinical services and training.

Poor musculoskeletal health, fall-related injury, physical inactivity and ageing are the leading causes of disease burden globally. Approximately 1.71 billion people worldwide have musculoskeletal conditions.

Low back pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are some of the major musculoskeletal disorders and are the leading contributors to disability worldwide.

Fall-related injuries significantly increase the risk of developing a disability. This burden will increase in coming decades unless action is taken now. 

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