Musculoskeletal Pain in Older Adults: A Clinical Review

Travis P. Welsh, Ailing E. Yang, Una E. Makris

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Persistent pain in older adults is a widely prevalent and disabling condition that is the manifestation of multiple contributing physical, mental, social, and age-related factors. To effectively treat pain, the clinician must assess and address contributing factors using a comprehensive approach that includes pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies within the context of a strong therapeutic relationship among the patient, caregivers, and a multidisciplinary team. This article reviews the current understanding of persistent pain in older adults and suggests a general approach to its assessment and management, followed by specific considerations for musculoskeletal pain conditions commonly seen in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-872
Number of pages18
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Aging
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nonpharmacologic
  • Persistent pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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