Rheumatological disorders

Steve Ryder and Karen Walker-Bone

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI:

Series: Landmark Papers

Rheumatological disorders

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Musculoskeletal pain affects up to 50 per cent of the population at any one time. Consequently, low back pain, neck pain, and upper limb disorders are important causes of sickness absence. Spinal disorders, including back pain, are covered in detail in Chapter 11, and will not be discussed further here. Instead this chapter will focus on the other common rheumatological disorders, including upper limb disorders (specific and non-specific), osteoarthritis (OA), inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue disorders, and widespread pain syndromes. Many rheumatological conditions are chronic and potentially disabling but there have been recent developments in medical therapies, especially in the inflammatory rheumatic conditions, which offer the prospect of controlling disease activity, reducing disability, improving quality of life, and enabling work.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Occupational Therapy ; Rheumatology

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