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Physiotherapy treatment experiences of persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain: A qualitative study
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3781-2403
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9143-9235
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation. Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Medical Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0112-4657
2019 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore and describe the physiotherapy treatment experiences of persons with persistent musculoskeletal pain. Eleven participants with persistent musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, or shoulders were included in the study. Data was collected via semi-structured interviews and were analysed with qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in the theme "Towards acceptance and management of pain", comprising four sub-themes: 1) Establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance; 2) Being active, taking initiative and facing challenges; 3) Appreciating guidance, incentive and having a sounding board; and 4) Acquired knowledge and new body awareness change behaviours. The theme and sub-themes describe how the participants used increased knowledge, awareness, movements and exercises learned from the physiotherapy treatment to develop strategies for managing pain and the process of acceptance. A trusting relationship and continual dialogue with the physiotherapist was considered to be important. The participants were actively involved in the process as exercises, activities and other treatment modalities were individualized. This was rewarding but also challenging and required effort on their part. The physiotherapist's initiatives and actions were an important incentive and means of support.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019.
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Acceptance, experiences, pain management, persistent back and neck pain, persistent musculoskeletal pain, physiotherapy treatment, qualitative research
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Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy
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Physiotherapy; Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74527DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1622162PubMedID: 31131673Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85066323085OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74527DiVA, id: diva2:1324688
Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-06-27

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