Best Practice Recommendations for Musculoskeletal Pain

Best Practice Recommendations for Musculoskeletal Pain

The medical community is acutely aware of the economic and social burden of musculoskeletal disorders and the overuse of radiological imaging and invasive interventions and opioids. Contemporary best-practices for musculoskeletal pain supports a multidisciplinary approach that addresses biopsychosocial influences and empowers patients to actively self-manage.

If a best practice approach for musculoskeletal pain was adopted, it would massively reduce suffering and costs associated with musculoskeletal pain in our society. A systematic review and narrative synthesis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine identified eleven consistent best-practice recommendations for musculoskeletal pain (Lin et al., 2020):

Best Practice Recommendations for Musculoskeletal Pain

Key Takeaways

If massage therapists adopt these best-practice recommendations, we could be part of the solution as we can reduce the suffering and costs of musculoskeletal pain in our society.

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