The leading causes of disability in the U.S. are musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, such as back pain and joint and muscle disorders, according to research from the Council for Disability Awareness.

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders accounted for 26.2% of new long-term disability claims in 2009, up slightly from 25.5% in 2008. Cancer was also a leading cause of disability in 2009, with 15.3% of new LTD claimants reporting this diagnosis, up from 14.9% in 2008.

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