Musculoskeletal pain afflicts millions of people. It often comes in the form of a related musculoskeletal disorder or MSD. According to the World Health Organization, between 20 and 33% of people in the world have a musculoskeletal disorder. In America, this amounts to one in two adults. These disorders can reduce a person's quality of life, but successful treatments and management techniques do exist.


1. Defining Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain causes severe, localized, or widespread aches in the muscles, joints, and tendons. Some people compare the pain to a pulled or strained muscle. Since everyone experiences this pain differently, there is no one definition that describes musculoskeletal pain.

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