Rehabilitation Medicine Approaches to Pain Management

Andrea L Cheville, Sean Smith, Jeffrey R. Basford

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Rehabilitation medicine offers strategies that reduce musculoskeletal pain, targeted approaches to alleviate movement-related pain, and interventions to optimize patients’ function despite the persistence of pain. These approaches fall into four categories: modulating nociception, stabilizing and unloading painful structures, influencing pain perception, and alleviating soft tissue musculotendinous pain. Incorporating these interventions into individualized, comprehensive pain management programs offers the potential to empower patients and limit pain associated with mobility and required daily activities. Rehabilitative approach may be particularly helpful for patients with refractory movement-associated pain and functional vulnerability, and for those who do not wish for, or cannot, tolerate pharmacoanalgesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Modalities
  • Movement-associated pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Orthotices
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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