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Musculoskeletal Conditions as a Public Health Concern

Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders are a significant public health concern. Musculoskeletal conditions, including low-back and neck pain, are significant health issues and a leading reason for disability. Musculoskeletal conditions are also significant contributors to inactivity, which make it difficult to prevent and manage many chronic diseases. For Canadians with a lower socioeconomic status, the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is higher, disproportionately impacting the group’s health and well-being. This population may face additional barriers to accessing needed care and challenges in securing or holding employment.

Public health authorities play an essential role in educating the public and healthcare professionals on the impact of musculoskeletal conditions. Public health initiatives can also help to promote access to evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment, including where socio-economic barriers exist.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association supports public health initiatives that recognize the burden of musculoskeletal conditions as a public health concern. Canada’s chiropractors are committed to improving the health of Canadians by promoting prevention, early intervention, and community-based programs that enhance the health of our population.

November 2016

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