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Common Musculoskeletal Disorders in Older Adults With Diabetes

Kemmis, Karen PT, DPT, MS, CDE

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181ef3049
Diabetes Care
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Diabetes is a disease characterized by chronic hyperglycemia. This can cause microvascular and macrovascular complications. There are several musculoskeletal disorders that occur in people with diabetes. Some are likely directly because of the disease process, others have a higher incidence in those with diabetes, and yet others are likely associated with common etiologies. Rehabilitation professionals should be aware of common musculoskeletal disorders present in those with diabetes and be familiar with the implications of therapy interventions.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.

Corresponding Author: Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 3229 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13214 (kemmisk@upstate.edu).

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