Chronic pain conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system often have no cure and people with these conditions are among the most affected by disability in our community. Musculoskeletal pain is related to conditions affecting the muscles, bones and/or joints, which are also known as musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. They are often but not always related to injury or old age. Painful MSK conditions include arthritis, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, foot pain and osteoporosis.
The most effective way to manage pain from MSK conditions is with multidisciplinary pain management and the use of self-management. In a small number of cases, the condition may be improved with joint replacement surgery or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator by a specially trained pain specialist.