Author Affiliations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois (Drs Haralson and Zuckerman); and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, New York (Dr Zuckerman).
Musculoskeletal conditions account for more disability and more costs to the US health care system than any other condition, and with the aging of the population, this burden to society will increase.1 Given this reality, it is important to consider the substantial clinical and societal burden of musculoskeletal disease, highlight the importance of research funding for these conditions, and define current issues that will affect the delivery of care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
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