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Table 1 Prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints (MSCs) i by 10-year age group in an adult general population in Northern Norway

From: High prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints among women in a Norwegian general population: the Tromsø study

Age (years) Severity of MSCs Prevalence (%)   
Total (95% CI) Women Men Gender ratio p *
30-39 None 49.8 (44.9-54.6) 45.4 55.3 0.82  
n = 408 Mild 36.5 (31.8-41.2) 38.4 34.1 1.13 0.093
  Severe 13.7 (10.4-17.1) 16.2 10.6 1.52
40-49 None 42.5 (40.6-44.3) 37.8 47.4 0.8  
n = 2,790 Mild 42.4 (40.6-44.2) 44.2 40.5 1.09 <0.001
  Severe 15.1 (13.8-16.5) 18.0 12.1 1.48
50-59 None 35.4 (33.1-37.7) 31.4 39.7 0.79  
n = 1,697 Mild 45.4 (43.0-47.7) 45.4 45.4 1.00 <0.001
  Severe 19.2 (17.3-21.1) 23.2 15.0 1.55
60-69 None 35.3 (33.4-37.1) 28.6 41.3 0.69  
n = 2,579 Mild 48.5 (46.6-50.5) 51.1 46.2 1.11 <0.001
  Severe 16.2 (14.7-17.6) 20.3 12.5 1.62
70-79 None 31.2 (28.3-34.1) 26.7 35.4 0.75  
n = 965 Mild 51.6 (48.5-54.8) 49.8 53.3 0.93 < 0.001
  Severe 17.2 (14.8-19.6) 23.5 11.3 2.09
Overall** None 41.8 (40.7-42.9) 36.6 47.1 0.77  
n = 8,439 Mild 42.4 (41.4-43.5) 44.0 40.8 1.08 < 0.001
  Severe 15.8 (15.0-16.6) 19.4 12.1 1.60
  1. iDefined as having pain and/or stiffness in muscles and joints at least 3 months during the previous year.
  2. *Pearson chi-square for gender difference.
  3. **Age-adjusted prevalence.
  4. CI: confidence interval.
  5. The Tromsø Study.