Musculoskeletal Conditions May Increase the Risk of Chronic Disease

By Dr. David Graber

A recent meta-analysis study found that musculoskeletal conditions may increase the risk of chronic disease.  In particular, osteoarthritis appears to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  The article suggests that prevention and early effective treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as OA and back and neck pain may play a role in preventing other chronic diseases.[i]  Further, pain and disability from these conditions can often limit participation in physical activity and lead to higher weight gain, both of which are recognized risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer

Dr. David Seaman points out in a YouTube video that osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition of our joints that is chemically identical, on a practical level, to heart disease.  Essentially, osteoarthritis is “heart disease” of our joints.[ii]

[i] Williams, A., Kamper, S.J., Wiggers, J.H. et al. Musculoskeletal conditions may increase the risk of chronic disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies. BMC Med 16, 167 (2018) doi:10.1186/s12916-018-1151-2



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