Good bone and joint health is essential for the physical tasks of daily living. Limited mobility, movement with pain, and overall musculoskeletal decline can worsen the health of older adults with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Mental and emotional health can also be affected by physical capacity related to bones and joints, increasing rates of death.
More than half of all adults in the U.S. experience painful or discomforting musculoskeletal decline. Much of the severe long-term pain and physical disability caused by bone and joint decline is associated with poor exercise, dietary and lifestyle habits. As many as 33 percent of U.S. adults now require medical care for a musculoskeletal condition which can lead to diminished productivity and quality of life.