Disorders of the musculoskeletal system can affect the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. These conditions can affect different parts of the body including: upper and lower back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, and feet.
Musculoskeletal conditions are often characterised by persistent pain and limitations in mobility, dexterity and functional ability (to work, for example). Some of the conditions being studied include: rheumatoid arthritis (swelling, pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the joints), psoriatic arthritis (inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints (arthritis)), and ankylosing spondylitis (a form of arthritis primarily affecting the spine).
Other conditions include: osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
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