Patients with musculoskeletal problems usually present to physiotherapists for the treatment of pain. Treatment for chronic conditions frequently has to be modified because the patient experiences increased pain during treatment. Modifying the treatment can impede the recovery of the patient. The practitioner therefore, needs to employ strategies that will minimize the aggravation of symptoms and facilitate the rehabilitation of the patient. It may be difficult for the clinician to determine the cause and origin of the pain as there may be confounding hyper/hypomobility problems of the surrounding soft tissues. Equally, pain is not a straightforward entity.
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