There are two things behind this idea. One that everyone should be treated with the same presence, time, listening, care and attention to detail as an athlete is in today’s culture of rehab. Two that care should be dictated toward getting the patient back to moving better and finding or encouraging a movement practice they love. Just like when we are doing a “return to play” strategy with an injured athlete.
So you may be thinking, “What should I look for in my musculoskeletal care? There are so many options, it’s hard to sift through the weeds.” Funny you should ask. The British Journal of Sports Medicine came out with a systematic review study last year of the 11 consistent recommendations for musculoskeletal pain from high-quality clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines were formed based on research identifying the overuse of imaging, surgery, and opioids and lack of use of quality education to manage musculoskeletal conditions. Here is a breakdown of the 11 recommendations.
Reference: Lin I, Wiles L, Waller R, et al
What does best practice care for musculoskeletal pain look like? Eleven consistent recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines: systematic review
British Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;54:79-86.
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