Low back pain and knee osteoarthritis are the highest contributors to disability worldwide, impacting every aspect of a person’s life – from their career, to their leisure time, and social life. Most treatment approaches to the management of low back pain and knee osteoarthritis offer small to moderate treatment effects at best. Conservative management is the cornerstone, however, it requires access to services and adherence to programs.
The adoption of technology has potential to fill in gaps in health care due to clinician shortage and/or reduced access to optimal care. Although there is sufficient evidence to support the use of technology in providing education and disease monitoring in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, we lack robust evidence to support its use across different stages of care of musculoskeletal pain. Moreover, there is a fragmented convolution of different technological approaches and tools being promoted for the care of patients with musculoskeletal pain without the necessary scientific framework or the research evidence to organise and support them.
Who we are
Node lead: Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira
Node lead: Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira
Lancet Series on Back Pain articles: Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions
Low back pain: a major global challenge
Article: Meet the power couple of back pain research
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