In 2002, musculoskeletal conditions and arthritis were declared a national health priority. Then in 2004-05, musculoskeletal conditions, were more
prevalent than any other of the national health priority areas, with 31% of Australians suffering from one or more of these conditions.
There are more than 150 forms of musculoskeletal conditions and arthritis, and their causes include overuse of joints, congenital anomalies, metabolic or biochemical abnormalities, infections, inflammatory conditions, trauma and cancer. These conditions can cause significant pain and disability, severely limiting a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks at home and work.
The most commonly occurring conditions among older Australians are various forms of back pain and arthritis – affecting around 50% of people aged over 65.
Musculoskeletal conditions and arthritis and were also responsible for the main disabling condition in more than one in three Australians with a disability (abs 2004).
In 2004–05, 31% (6 million) of the population reported having a long-term disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue.
Living with a musculoskeletal condition creates a higher risk of the onset of other conditions. Just some of these include:
- Long-term injury
- Severe core activity limitation in mobility
- Physical inactivity
- Arthritis and Osteoporosis
- Psychological distress
Musculoskeletal conditions will lead to long-term disability for 1 in 15 Australians (34%). Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders was considered one of the leading underlying causes of death (19.5%) in 2005.
Treating musculoskeletal conditions is costly, for in-hospital and out-of-hospital treatment. It is the fourth leading cause of health expenditure, accounting for around $4.0 billion in 2004–05.
Australia’s population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from 2.5 million (2002), to 6.1million (2042). The first of the “baby boomers will reach the age of 65 in 2012/13.
The big problem is that the increased aging population and the increase of musculoskeletal conditions will result in a severe economic consequence: a smaller ‘working age’ population producing less income taxation revenue, and an increase in spending on health, welfare and aged care, resulting in fiscal budget pressure and higher levels of public debt.
The Australian federal government has been calling for cost-effective and preventative healthcare solutions. Healthy australians are less likely to leave the workforce for health reasons, and are more likely to enjoy retirement, with fewer health-care needs and less chronic disease and disability, hence placing less pressure on the national health budget
Kanetica™ Therapy(proven) is a vital solution to this growing problem. Kanetica™ Therapy is both a reparative solution, as well as a preventative solution.
References: Australia’s health (2008) Australian bureau of statistics (2006), national health survey: summary of results Australian bureau of statistics (2007) health care delivery and financing