Physical activity should be the primary intervention for individuals living with chronic pain. A position paper from the European Pain Federation (EFIC) ‘on the move’ task force

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Key Points

  1. The World Health Organization defines physical activity as any voluntary movement requiring energy expenditure.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Chronic pain remains a global problem for individuals and health care providers as they seek to find effective and efficient treatments. Multiple studies define physical activity (PA) as a modifiable option for improving function and health for a variety of conditions.

This paper highlights the barriers and challenges in integrating PA into daily life for those with chronic pain. The mechanism for PA as a viable method of treating pain include biological, psychological, and social domains (1).

The European Pain Federation (EFIC) presents this paper to establish a formal position on PA for individuals with chronic pain to guide all health professionals in promoting PA with their patients with appropriate modifications.

Chronic pain remains a global problem for individuals and health care providers as they seek to find effective and efficient treatments.
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It is necessary to help the patient by designing a physical activity program that includes their relevant priorities and goals in a way that is achievable and sustainable.

METHODS

This is a position paper that establishes five recommendations on the importance of PA from patients, health professionals, and researchers. This paper is a perspective of the “On The Move” Task Force of EFIC with collaboration from patient representatives.

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