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Evidence-based management of acute musculoskeletal pain
Australian Academic Press | 2003 | ISBN: 1875378499 | 246 pages | PDF | 2 MB

This document provides information on the management of acute pain, communication between clinicians and consumers, and the diagnosis, prognosis and interventions for acute low back, thoracic spine, neck, shoulder and anterior knee pain. The document is concerned only with the management of acute episodes of pain (less than 3 months duration) that are no associated with specific diseases and serious conditions.

Copyright © 2003 Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Guidelines Group

The work is a joint initiative of the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Department
of Health and Ageing. The evidence review was undertaken by a multi-disciplinary group.
The following organisations participated in the review and have approved the contents:
• Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine
• Australian Osteopathic Association
• Australian Rheumatology Association
• Australian Physiotherapy Association
• Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia
• Chiropractors’ Association of Australia
• Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia
• Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Every attempt has been made to locate the most recent scientific evidence. Judgment is necessary when
applying evidence in a clinical setting. It is important to note that weak evidence does not necessarily
mean that a practice is unadvisable, but may reflect the insufficiency of evidence or the limitations of
scientific investigation.
This document is intended as a guide to practice. The ultimate decision of how to proceed rests with
the clinician and the patient and depends on individual circumstances and beliefs (NHMRC 1999).

Contents (only Mainchapter):
1. Executive Summary
2. Acute Pain Management
3. Effective Communication
4. Acute Low Back Pain
5. Acute Thoracic Spinal Pain
6. Acute Neck Pain
7. Acute Shoulder Pain
8. Anterior Knee Pain
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