Why Moving Forward?
Musculoskeletal conditions (pain in the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons) are the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting more than 10 million people. These conditions can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life, as well as affecting their family, friends, carers and the wider society.
Published in 2018, the NIHR Themed review, ‘Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing’, brings together high quality research from over the past decade, with the aim to give a clear direction to patients, physiotherapists, researchers, commissioners and planners of physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services.
It focusses on physiotherapy and the role of physical activity in treating these conditions and maintaining musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. The research featured shows that physiotherapy services can improve patients lives and reduce healthcare costs and that physiotherapy is important for preventing and reducing the negative impacts of musculoskeletal conditions.
Therefore the Impact Accelerator Unit at Keele University, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination felt it was important to work to get to pro-actively move this important evidence into clinical care and embedding research into patient pathways and at the same time, create a public facing version of the full review so that patients can understand why they receive the treatment they do.
You can read more about the publication of Moving Forward here.