Each year, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) chooses a different aspect of pain that has global implications and sponsors a 12-month campaign to raise awareness of that area of pain. For the 2009–2010 Global Year Against Pain, they have selected musculoskeletal pain as their focus.
Why Musculoskeletal Pain?
More people around the world experience musculoskeletal pain than any other type of pain. And the problem is complex and far-reaching, with many different types of pain falling into this category, including neck pain, limb pain, low back pain, joint pain, bone pain, and chronic widespread pain—just to name a few. Yet, despite the wide-ranging conditions and symptoms, all types of musculoskeletal pain share similar underlying mechanisms, manifestations, and potential treatments. The Global Year initiative provides an ideal forum for us to explore, and raise the profile of, these important issues.
Global Year Preparations
The new campaign, which is scheduled for an official launch on Monday, October 19, 2009, will draw much-needed attention to a host of issues faced by those with musculoskeletal pain. The 2009–2010 Global Year Team, led by co-chairs Dr. Lars Arendt-Nielsen (Denmark) and Dr. Kathleen A. Sluka (USA), has been busy preparing a variety of materials, resources, and communications to ensure a successful campaign. Team members have also been finalizing more than two dozen Global Year fact sheets on a number of specifics topics related to musculoskeletal pain, including:
- Evidence-Based Treatment of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain
- Acute/Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (including Sensitization)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Basic Aspects of Joint Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries/Overuse
- Exercise in Management of Musculoskeletal Pain
If you’re wondering why you had experienced so much pain from using, say, that dip bar, here’s the opportunity to understand musculoskeletal pain more. For more information on how to participate in this year’s IASP awareness campaign, click here.