People in the UK living with a range of rheumatological musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and non-diagnosed back pain are becoming unnecessarily disabled on a huge scale through the lack of priority shown to these common and often treatable disorders. A major study published in The Lancet, found that compared with developed countries with similar economies, the UK ranks a mere 12 out of 19. The research found that rheumatological musculoskeletal conditions form a major part of the growing burden of disability of people in this country and that more needed to be done to address this.