Are people with chronic pain less physically active than their peers?

: 2 credits
Expiry Date
: None
CPD Units
: 2.00 Points
: 2.4/4

A cross-sectional study exploring levels of physical activity in people with chronic pain.

Keywords: Physical activity, chronic pain, physiotherapy

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to inform the reader that people with chronic pain may adopt maladaptive strategies to cope ranging from activity avoidance to activity endurance.

Editor's comments:
Levels of physical activity in South Africans are known to be low but it is not known what levels of physical activity South Africans with chronic pain have. Physiotherapists are recognised as key health care professionals in the management of chronic pain focussing on increasing levels of physical activity. This paper presents evidence demonstrating that while many people with chronic pain have decreased levels of physical activity, some are more active than their healthy peers. Awareness of the diverse range of levels of physical activity people with chronic pain present with is critical for physiotherapist clinicians in order to prescribe appropriate interventions..

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The benefits of physical activity for people with chronic pain.
  2. Methods to measure physical activity and pain.
  3. The Fear Avoidance Model and the Avoidance-Endurance Model as ways of understanding physical activity levels in people with chronic pain.

Instruction for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz at the end
  • You need to pass the quiz and complete the course rating to generate the module certificate at the end
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz
  • The pass grade is 70%
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link to claim your certificate and to update your CPD Manager

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