Exercise Treatment for Veterans with Persisting MSK Pain Webinar
Persisting pain is pain that lasts beyond the expected healing time for an injury or illness. Persisting pain can significantly impact on an individual’s quality of life through limitations to daily activities, work, recreation and social interaction. The greatest portion of persisting pain is accounted for by musculoskeletal (MSK) pain, with more than 150 conditions including, but not limited to, back pain and problems, various types of arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
In Australia, around 1 in 3 Australians have some form of MSK condition, with an increased prevalence amongst veterans when compared with civilians. Exercise has consistently been shown to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life across a range of MSK conditions and is universally recommended as a first line of care in clinical practice guidelines. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) recognises the key role of allied health care providers, including accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs), in the provision of treatment to entitled persons. DVA expects that entitled persons be at the centre of the treatment process and be provided best practice treatment based on their assessed clinical need.
This webinar explores evidence-based best practice concerning exercise treatment for DVA entitled persons with persisting MSK pain. Consideration is also given to DVA’s arrangements for treating allied health providers. This webinar will:
– Examine MSK pain conditions and their impact on the individual and society
– Compare the prevalence of MSK in Australian Veterans with civilians
– Identify and discuss evidence-based best practice for persisting MSK pain
– Highlight key DVA requirements of treating AEPs
– Discuss common pitfalls regards exercise treatments for persisting MSK conditions, with reference to care provided to entitled persons
– Use case study learning to explore best practice care regards exercise treatment for a Veteran with chronic MSK pain
Associate Professor John Booth, Lyndell Crawford-Round, and Cathy James