MULTIDISCIPLINARY TREATMENT FOR HYPERMOBILE ADOLESCENTS WITH CHRONIC MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN

Thijs van Meulenbroek, Arnoud E. A. Conijn, Ivan Huijnen, Raoul H. H. Engelbert, Jeanine Verbunt

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Abstract

In this study, changes in disability, physical functioning and other pain-related outcomes are evaluated for hypermobile adolescents (age 12–21 years) with
chronic musculoskeletal pain after following an outpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment. This treatment consists of a combination of physical training and cognitive-behavioural therapy (exposure in vivo). Physical training (8 weeks; 2 h 2×/week) aims to improve physical parameters, such as aerobic capacity, muscle strength and propriocepsis. Exposure in vivo (6 weeks; 1 h/week) aims to restore a normal pattern of daily functioning by decreasing pain-related fear. After treatment, the adolescents had lower levels of disability, decreased pain-related fear, a reduction in pain intensity and increased levels of physical functioning. It is concluded that the results are promising, but the findings are based on a small sample size without a randomized controlled group. Therefore, the results should be interpreted with caution.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000033
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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