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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 208-212

Chronic musculoskeletal pain in older people

1 Department of General Medicine, Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Geriatric Medicine, Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ankita Agarwal
Flat No. F-2, K23 (Sapphire Heritage), Malviya Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiag.jiag_66_22

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Musculoskeletal pain is a common and debilitating symptom in older adults. However, its importance is often underestimated. In this review article, we discuss its proper evaluation and management. Pain evaluation includes detailed history taking, physical examination, imaging, and laboratory investigations. Management of musculoskeletal pain requires a multidomain approach including nonpharmacological, pharmacological, and surgical modalities. A step-wise approach recommended by the World Health Organization can be used for pain management. Common musculoskeletal conditions causing pain are osteoarthritis, low-back pain, gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and fibromyalgia.

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