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The Effects of Physical Activity and Psychological Intervention on Musculoskeletal Disorders

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 255

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medical, Oral, and Biotechnological Sciences, University G. D’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Via dei Vestini, 31, 66100 Chieti, Italy
Interests: physical and rehabilitation medicine; acute and chronic pain; cancer rehabilitation; neuro-cognitive rehabilitation; posture and balance; fibromyalgia
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Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, University G. D’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Via dei Vestini, 31, 66100 Chieti, Italy
Interests: cellular longevity and exercise; stem cell research
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Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, 66100 Chieti, Italy
Interests: systematic reviews; meta analysis; medical statistics; epidemiology; evidence based medicine and statistics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The incidence rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MD) are constantly growing, and this is also due to changes in our lifestyle, with people being less inclined to move frequently and more likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Postural dysfunction, reduction in function and, especially, persistent pain, including fear of movement, pain catastrophizing, anxiety, and nervous system sensitization, appear to be the main contributors to pain and disability. Exercise is the primary treatment modality for MD; the intent is often to improve physical function but, often, with less attention to secondary pathologies and psychological profile. Therefore, exercise as a proposal for treatment in MD needs to respect the concept of “dose” and thus establish “intensity and progression”. Furthermore, the “biopsychosocial” model is currently seen as the most efficacious approach to chronic pain and functional dysfunction in MD. Another very important aspect is the proposal of an individualized exercise together with supervised exercise based on patient presentation, goals, and preference that could be perceived as safe. The rehabilitation approach must be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, allowing an integrated consideration of the “problems of the body” in its “brain representation”. Currently, it is known that a complex relationship exists between physiologic stress response and chronic pain symptoms in MD, and it is important to understand how the brains of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain acquire a protective movement-related pain memory.

Dr. Teresa Paolucci
Dr. Mirko Pesce
Dr. Caterina Pipino
Prof. Dr. Marta Di Nicola
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Keywords

  • exercise
  • rehabilitation
  • psychological intervention
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • function
  • aerobic exercise
  • tele rehabilitation
  • pain
  • fear avoidance
  • adapted physical activity

Published Papers

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