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Musculoskeletal pain

Karen Walker-Bone

in Pain in Older People

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199212613
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199212613.003.0005

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Series Opml P

Musculoskeletal pain

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• Musculoskeletal pain is common amongst the elderly. • It can be the presenting feature of malignant disease and careful clinical assessment is mandatory. • Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, pseudogout, polymyalgia rheumatica, and giant cell arteritis are the musculoskeletal conditions most likely to present among the elderly (aged over 50 years). • Pain management should be tailored appropriately to the underlying diagnosis with simple and safe interventions first.

Chapter.  3877 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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