People with chronic pain conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system 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.
Help & Resources
- painHEALTH: Website for people with musculoskeletal pain (WA Health)
- Musculoskeletal condition & symptoms: Information about a range of MSK conditions (Musculoskeletal Australia)
- Bones muscles and joints (Better Health Victoria)
- Spinal Cord Stimulation: Painaustralia fact sheet
- Musculoskeletal Pain (International Association for the Study of Pain)
- Driving with a muscle, bone or joint condition
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