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Musculoskeletal Calculator

Arthritis Research UK has partnered with Imperial College London to develop the Musculoskeletal Calculator, a prevalence modelling tool for musculoskeletal conditions. For the first time this tool provides estimates of the burden of musculoskeletal conditions to local areas.

Estimates are available for osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee, back pain and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for England and Scotland. Estimates for high risk of fragility fracture and all estimates for Wales are coming soon. Please note local prevalence estimates for Northern Ireland were not possible due to lack of local area risk factor data.

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Search or choose a geographical area to see the data for that location. You can toggle the view between local authority (LA) or clinical commissioning group (CCG) and health board. You can also compare the totals for that location with up to two other locations and download the data as a pdf or cvs file.

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The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Calculator is a prevalence modelling tool. Data on the burden of MSK conditions are lacking and for the first time this prevalence model provides estimates of the burden of MSK conditions to local areas. These prevalence estimates should be used to inform joint strategic needs assessments, service planning and prioritisation in local areas.

The table below shows the percentage of people with osteoarthritis (hip/knee), back pain and rheumatoid arthritis in your area compared to the national average.

Visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/public-health-bulletins for a more detailed public health bulletin on your local authority (England only).

Notes: Knee/hip osteoarthritis (OA) - total population includes those aged 45 years and over (based on mid-2012 ONS population estimates). Severe osteoarthritis refers to the number of OA cases that require special attention, and additional resources, from healthcare providers and commissioners.

Back pain - total population includes all age ranges (based on mid-2012 ONS population estimates). Severe back pain refers to the number of back pain cases that are reported as severe (i.e. reporting a high intensity of pain or severe limitation as a result of their pain).

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) - total population includes those aged over 16 years only (based on mid-2015 population estimates).

Please visit our FAQs page for more details.

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The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Calculator is a prevalence modelling tool. Data on the burden of MSK conditions are lacking and for the first time this prevalence model provides estimates of the burden of MSK conditions to local areas. These prevalence estimates should be used to inform joint strategic needs assessments, service planning and prioritisation in local areas.

The table below shows the percentage of people with osteoarthritis (hip/knee), back pain and rheumatoid arthritis in your area compared to the national average.

Visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/public-health-bulletins for a more detailed public health bulletin on your local authority (England only).

Notes: Knee/hip osteoarthritis (OA) - total population includes those aged 45 years and over (based on mid-2012 ONS population estimates). Severe osteoarthritis refers to the number of OA cases that require special attention, and additional resources, from healthcare providers and commissioners. Back pain - total population includes all age ranges (based on mid-2012 ONS population estimates). Severe back pain refers to the number of back pain cases that are reported as severe (i.e. reporting a high intensity of pain or severe limitation as a result of their pain). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) - total population includes those aged over 16 years only (based on mid-2015 population estimates). Please visit our FAQs page for more details.

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Musculoskeletal Calculator FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Musculoskeletal Calculator.
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Public health bulletins

Data and statistics on the prevalence of osteoarthritis and back pain in different regions of the UK.
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Recommend MSK indicator set

Indicators which describe the value, quality and cost of musculoskeletal services.

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