People with joint, muscle disorders expected to increase by 115 pc by 2050: Study

Updated: Nov 21 2023 6:13PM

New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) More than a billion people globally are expected to have disorders of joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and spine by 2050, up from about half a billion in 2020, according to a new study published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal.

The projected figure of musculoskeletal disorder cases is an increase of about 115 per cent from that of 2020, and most regions were projected to have at least a 50 per cent increase in cases between 2020 and 2050, the international study by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, US, found.

"We highlight there is a substantial burden of what are categorised as 'other' musculoskeletal disorders that would otherwise go unrecognised," said joint first author Manasi Murthy Mittinty from Flinders University College of Medicine, Australia.