One in six adults in Coventry suffer joint, bone and muscle issues

One in six adults in Coventry are living with problems with their joints, bones or muscles, new figures show.
File photo dated 10/09/14 of a GP at their desk. GP appointments over the phone or online can miss serious illnesses and put patients at risk, according to a new study. Researchers said mistakes via remote consultation are rare, but there is a risk of patients being under-diagnosed, GPs being swayed by what has been said previously, and less qualified staff not acting on signs of illness. Issue date: Wednesday November 29, 2023.File photo dated 10/09/14 of a GP at their desk. GP appointments over the phone or online can miss serious illnesses and put patients at risk, according to a new study. Researchers said mistakes via remote consultation are rare, but there is a risk of patients being under-diagnosed, GPs being swayed by what has been said previously, and less qualified staff not acting on signs of illness. Issue date: Wednesday November 29, 2023.
File photo dated 10/09/14 of a GP at their desk. GP appointments over the phone or online can miss serious illnesses and put patients at risk, according to a new study. Researchers said mistakes via remote consultation are rare, but there is a risk of patients being under-diagnosed, GPs being swayed by what has been said previously, and less qualified staff not acting on signs of illness. Issue date: Wednesday November 29, 2023.

One in six adults in Coventry are living with problems with their joints, bones or muscles, new figures show.

The figures come amid warnings about the impact of these conditions on people's wellbeing and employment prospects.

Musculoskeletal health conditions include common ailments like back or neck pain, and issues that impact the joints, such as arthritis.

New figures from NHS England suggest 16.5% of people aged 16 and over in Coventry had a musculoskeletal condition as of 2023.

This was below the England average of 18.4%.

In addition, 11.2% of adults in Coventry reported having two or more conditions, with one of them being a problem with their joints, bones or muscles.

The figures further show 2,384 people in Coventry had rheumatoid arthritis in Coventry in the year to March, a condition which causes swelling and stiffness in the joints.

On Wednesday Labour MP Margaret Greenwood, former shadow work and pensions secretary, told Parliament musculoskeletal problems inflict a "terrible human cost", and add to government spending on social services and the NHS.

She urged the Government to adopt a cross-departmental strategy to tackle the issue.

Data from the Health and Safety Executive shows musculoskeletal disorders were responsible for 6.6 million lost working days across Great Britain, out of 35.2 million days lost to ill health overall. They were the second highest cause of lost days, after ‘stress, depression or anxiety’.

The body also warns workers in agriculture, construction, health and social care, and transport and logistics are most likely to suffer from one of these disorders.

Research by the Health Foundation think tank has found musculoskeletal issues are the main health problem keeping older workers out of employment.

A Government spokesperson said: "We are committed to providing the support people with musculoskeletal and other major health conditions need to find a job that best suits them.

"With inactivity down by over 300,000 since the pandemic peak, our Back to Work Plan will help up to a further 1.1 million disabled people, people with long-term health conditions or the long-term unemployed to look for and stay in work."