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Social enterprise model for more equitable musculoskeletal care: introducing Freehab
  1. Oliver Coburn
  1. Chief Executive Office, BASRaT, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Oliver Coburn, BASRaT, Manchester SK1 4JU, UK; registrar{at}

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Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions pose a threat to the long-term health and prosperity of countries. There are over 20 million people in the UK living with an MSK condition, accounting for 21% of all years lived with an illness or disability, with lower back pain the leading cause.¹ The associated impact of MSK conditions on physical activity² is also important to the burden of non-communicable diseases, for which physical inactivity is one of the leading contributory factors.³ ⁴ Not only is there a health need to level up the provision of MSK care, but an economic one with billions in both direct and indirect costs each year.1

Stuck in the void

One of the many challenges faced by the National Health Service in the UK is its ability to meet the demand for MSK services, meaning people face long waiting times or a lack of provision altogether. It is also known that there is a higher incidence of …

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  • Contributors OC is the sole author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.