More than a million Norwegians suffer from musculoskeletal disorders or injury

St. Olavs hospitalPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Over 1.4 million Norwegians suffer from muscular or skeletal injury, disease or ailments according to the National Institute of Public Health.

A major societal problem

Figures released by the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) show that over 1.4 million suffer from skeletal or muscular disease, injury, or ailments. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project estimates that, in 2019, over 27% of the country had musculoskeletal disorders. This percentage is equivalent to approximately 1.43 million Norwegians.

Benjamin Clarsen, a researcher at the Center for Disease Burden at the FHI, spoke to NTB about the alarming results. He noted that “this shows that musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, and ailments are a major societal problem. It affects many, and is an important cause of poor health, reduced quality of life, sickness absence, and disability benefits.”

These figures are in line with previous findings that show one in four Norwegians suffers from long-term ailments of the musculoskeletal system. According to the Public Health Report, from the FHI, back pain is the most common ailment and the costliest to society.

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