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What is musculoskeletal health?

There are over 150 musculoskeletal conditions which affect joints (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), bones (such as osteoporosis), muscles (such as sarcopenia), the spine (such as back pain), and multiple body areas or systems (such as connective tissue diseases and vasculitis).

In Australia, musculoskeletal conditions are the most common chronic disorder, affecting 28 per cent—or 6.1 million—of Australians, and make up almost one-quarter of the disability burden.

Among musculoskeletal conditions, low back pain causes the highest burden, affecting an estimated 540 million people globally at any one time.


Musculoskeletal health research at Cabrini

At Cabrini, we are making research discoveries in musculoskeletal health which will improve patient outcomes and inform clinical guidelines and policy on a worldwide level.

Our researchers work collaboratively with many research groups both nationally and internationally.

Their goals are to discover new and improved treatments and interventions for musculoskeletal conditions;

  • to reduce the overtreatment and overdiagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions
  • to improve patient health and wellbeing and create a more sustainable health system
  • to understand the complications with adherence to musculoskeletal clinical guidelines, and
  • to conduct health service research that will improve patient support and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.

Cabrini research departments involved in musculoskeletal health

Our researchers and clinicians work across multiple research departments to improve treatments and interventions for musculoskeletal conditions. Discover the world-class research being led by our research departments.