Each year about six million Australians suffer from musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, arthritis and fractures; with health care costs of about $9 billion annually. Despite the number of people affected and the burden of disease, musculoskeletal conditions remain an often neglected, underfunded area.
Musculoskeletal research at The George Institute has three main themes: back pain, ageing and contracture. Our aim is to develop simple and effective treatments, delivered well. To achieve this, we are developing and rigorously evaluating new approaches to the primary care management of musculoskeletal conditions, while promoting an innovative, interdisciplinary and non-invasive approach to treating these conditions where possible.
One major program of note is The George Institute’s industry-leading system, PEDro: a Physiotherapy Evidence Database of more than 25,000 randomised trials, clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews for industry professionals.