Hospitalisation rates for musculoskeletal conditions have increased markedly over last 10 years despite little change in prevalence, new figures from the AIHW show.
According to the report released today hospitalisations for arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions rose by 13% between 2004-05 and 2013-14.
Osteoarthritis hospitalisation increased by 15%, while rheumatoid arthritis hospitalisation increased by 54%, and juvenile arthritis by 131%.
The rise in hospitalisation rates for osteoarthritis was mostly related to knee and hip replacements, which increased by 32% and 25% respectively over the decade, the report said.
The data also shows that comorbidities are common, with 50% of people with osteoarthritis and 42% of people with rheumatoid arthritis reporting having cardiovascular disease.