Can we predict who is most likely to need recurrent physical therapy for musculoskeletal pain ?

Takeaway

  • Many people with musculoskeletal pain require ongoing physical therapy and a preliminary model can predict those most likely to seek recurrent healthcare.

Why this matters ?

  • Musculoskeletal pain conditions are a common and often recurrent problem, leading to long-term pain and disability. Being able to accurately predict individuals most likely to seek recurrent healthcare due to musculoskeletal pain could enable the personalization of treatment.

  • Here, the authors propose a preliminary predictive model for recurrence of care seeking of physical therapy which, once refined, could help to guide clinical decision making.