Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are placing a huge - and growing - strain
on European societies and their taxpayers. This disease area includes well-known
afflictions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain and many
others, and affects one quarter of the EU population (120 million), making it the
greatest cause of disability and impairment, accounting for nearly 30% of years
lived with disability in the EU.
Carrying life-threatening and debilitating consequences, RMDs are the main cause
of work loss, absenteeism and premature retirement. The estimated cost associated
with productivity lost stands at 2% of the EU's gross domestic product (GDP) alone.
a recently published OSHwiki article covers any problem that affects muscles, bones
or joints and impacts on a person's ability to work.
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