mus·​cu·​lo·​skel·​e·​tal | \ˌməs-kyə-lō-ˈske-lə-tᵊl \

Definition of musculoskeletal 

: of, relating to, or involving both musculature and skeleton

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During that time, diabetes moved from eighth to third, and musculoskeletal disorders were in fourth. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "The states where disease and death are highest: A visual guide," 10 Apr. 2018 Not only that, but the focus on work as part of Medicaid might be used to re-orient the design of such programs to target the medical problems that keep people from working: depression, substance abuse, and musculoskeletal problems., "Why Medicaid work requirements could help persuade more states to expand coverage," 17 May 2018 The researchers said the neck and shoulder pain caused by iPad neck was more prevalent among young adults, and women were twice as likely to experience musculoskeletal symptoms. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Is your device giving you ‘iPad neck,’ ‘i-hunch,’ or ‘text neck’?," 28 June 2018 The specialty is focused on care for young patients with musculoskeletal issues. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "UC Davis, Shriners ranked among nation's top hospitals for children in annual report," 28 June 2018 David Cutler, a health economist at Harvard, noted that many people with serious mental illnesses or musculoskeletal injuries might accumulate medical bills and lose income without ever being admitted to a hospital. New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren and a Scholarly Debate Over Medical Bankruptcy That Won’t Go Away," 6 June 2018 The report states that long-term exposure to green spaces is linked to overall better health and a reduction in cancer, heart disease, obesity, and musculoskeletal conditions. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Gardening Could Be the Answer to All of Your Problems, According to Science," 19 May 2016 In March, Murphy added anxiety, migraines, Tourette’s syndrome and chronic musculoskeletal and visceral pain to the eligible conditions list., "New Jersey Is Adding 100 Medical-Marijuana Patients a Day Under Murphy," 1 May 2018 Within the Orthopedic and Spine Institute are six specialty centers, each dedicated to a specific aspect of orthopedic medicine and musculoskeletal health. Kristine Burnett, azcentral, "Committed to the Valley," 6 Apr. 2018

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circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

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mus·​cu·​lo·​skel·​e·​tal | \ˌməs-kyə-lō-ˈskel-ət-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of musculoskeletal 

: of, relating to, or involving both musculature and skeleton musculoskeletal defects the musculoskeletal organization of the arm

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