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  MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS MANAGEMENT AND THE ROLE OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE PHYSICIANS. THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE BASED ON THE BEST EVIDENCE


European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2013 October;49(5):727-42

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Local soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee

Oral A. 1, Ilieva E. M. 2, Küçükdeveci A. A. 3, Varela E. 4, Valero R. 5, Berteanu M. 6, Christodoulou N. 7

1 Member, Board Committee, UEMS Board of PRM, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey;
2 Member, Professional Practice Committee, UEMS Section of PRM, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical Faculty, Medical University of Plovdiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria;
3 Member, Professional Practice Committee, UEMS Section of PRM, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey;
4 Member, Professional Practice Committee, UEMS Section of PRM, Departamento de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación, Facultad de Medicina UCM, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain;
5 Member, Board Committee, UEMS Board of PRM, Departamento de Medicina Física y Rehabilitacion, Facultad de Medicina UCM, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain;
6 Chairman, Professional Practice Committee, UEMS Section of PRM, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, University Hospital Elias, Bucharest, Romania;
7 President, UEMS Section of PRM, Department of Health Sciences, School of Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus


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One of the objectives of the Professional Practice Committee (PPC) of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Section of the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) is the development of the field of competence of PRM physicians in Europe. To achieve this objective, UEMS PRM Section PPC has adopted a systematic action plan of preparing a series of papers describing the role of PRM physicians in a number of disabling health conditions, based on the evidence of effectiveness of PRM interventions. Soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries are associated with significant pain and loss of function that may lead to significant disability. The aim of this paper is to define the role of PRM physician in the management of local soft tissue MSDs and injuries with their specific focus on assessing and improving function as well as participation in the community. The training of PRM specialists make them well equipped to successfully treat MSDs including soft tissue MSDs and injuries. PRM specialists may well meet the needs of patients with soft tissue MSDs and injuries using PRM approaches including 1) assessment based on the comprehensive model of functioning, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), that enable them to identify the areas of impaired functioning in order to apply necessary measures; 2) accurate diagnosis using instrumental diagnostic procedures in addition to clinical examination; 3) outcome measurements available to them; 4) evidence-based pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments; and finally 5) maintenance of social involvement including “return to work” based on restoration of function, all of which will eventually result in improved quality of life for patients with soft tissue MSDs and injuries.

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