Musculoskeletal Disorders

Written by Kristeen Cherney
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on June 18, 2013

What Are Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) consist of minor physical disabilities. This term is used to describe a variety of conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints. The severity of the MSD can vary. Pain and discomfort may interfere with everyday activities. MSDs are extremely common, and your risk increases with age. Early diagnosis is the key to ease pain while potentially decreasing further bodily damage.

Types of MSDs

MSDs can affect all major areas of the body, including the:

Given the different areas of the body that make up the musculoskeletal system, several other diseases can produce significant musculoskeletal signs and symptoms.  These other disorders include:

Some of these disorders can cause mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Low back pain is the most common MSD.