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.

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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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