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Welcome to the musculoskeletal diseases profile. Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in England and account for one of the highest causes of sickness absence and productivity loss.

The aim of this tool is to provide meaningful data, on a single platform, to enable the commissioning of high value musculoskeletal services. Musculoskeletal data is essential for understanding the health needs of local populations, the amount of people accessing services, the cost of services and the outcomes services deliver.

Indicators should not generally be used in isolation, but are best looked at in combination to produce an overall picture of the local situation. By using these in conjunction with other locally available data, organisations can undertake a ‘deep dive’ into areas of interest. This more structured approach should be used to uncover the deeper reasons underlying variation, identify opportunities for improvement and support the necessary work to deliver high-value services for people with musculoskeletal conditions.


[6 Feb 2018] A minor error has been found in the Active Lives Survey data relating to activity rates. Sport England are working to ensure it is corrected and PHE will make revisions to the relevant data in our tools in April. For more information see the Sport England website

A full list of the indicators included in the profile is available here  

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Further Resources

Recent updates

A list of changes made to the profiles in each update from February 2018 can be found here 

February 2018

Smoking prevalence in adults has been calculated from the GP Patient Survey (GPPS) for 2016/17 and hip fractures in people aged 65+ has also been updated for 2016/17.

November 2017

The Musculoskeletal Diseases Profile was launched in November 2017.