Arthritis Research UK has published a guide to physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions aimed at commissioners and providers of local services.
The CSP’s Priya Dasoju said the document includes case studies showing the benefits of physical activity for MSK conditions
The document, Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions, was endorsed by the CSP, along with GP and local government organisations.
Priya Dasoju, the CSP’s public health lead, said: ‘This document pulls together important evidence and case studies showing the benefits of physical activity for people with MSK conditions.
‘It provides an excellent platform for discussion and an opportunity for service planners and providers to consider how best to integrate physical activity into pathways for MSK patients.’
The report says that MSK conditions, such as osteoarthritis and back pain, are the greatest cause of disability in the UK. But the benefits of physical activity to people with these conditions have not been fully realised.
Depending on clinical and individual need, exercise could range from a self-determined activity, such as swimming or walking, through to therapeutic exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist, the document says.
It details resources that local authorities and commissioners can use to enable and support people with MSK conditions to be physically active.
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