Natalie SPEARING1,5, Lyn MARCH3,5, Nicholas BELLAMY1,5, Nikolai BOGDUK2,5, and Peter M. BROOKS4,5
1Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Queensland, Queensland, 2Newcastle Bone and Joint Institute, Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, 3University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, 4Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, and on behalf of the 5Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Guidelines Group
Abstract The pain and disability associated with musculoskeletal conditions represent a significant and increasing health burden worldwide. Musculoskeletal conditions of acute onset and short duration occur commonly, affect all age groups, and are usually idiopathic. Successful management of acute pain is paramount if chronic pain conditions are to be avoided. This article focuses on interventions for five areas of acute musculoskeletal pain (acute low back pain, acute thoracic spinal pain, acute neck pain, acute shoulder pain and anterior knee pain). It summarizes the results of a multidisciplinary evidence review recently conducted by the Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Guidelines Group.
APLAR Journal of Rheumatology Vol. 8 Issue 1 Page 5 June 2005.