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Young adults with musculoskeletal pain and physiotherapy in primary health care: Body and culture

The project aims to find new knowledge on how physiotherapists better can treat musculoskeletal pain in young adults and prevent similar health issues in adult life.

The prevalence of musculoskeletal pain with young adults is high, and many young adults seek physiotherapy for help.

Musculoskeletal pain in young adults is complex and often discussed in the context of stress, body discipline and high pressure on the individual to perform. Psychomotor physiotherapy is particularly relevant to this group.

However, little is known about how musculoskeletal pain is experienced and understood by the young adults themselves, and what meaning physiotherapy treatment has for the young adults.

The project aims to develop new knowledge about musculoskeletal pain in young adults and contribute to develop the best physiotherapy treatment for this group of patients and prevent similar health issues in adult life.

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    The study has a qualitative design, with observation of clinical encounters and interviews of both patient and therapist as method.

    The sample will consist of young adults between 15 and 18 years old and sample size are between 10-15 participants.

    The material will consist of transcription of interviews and of field notes. The material will be subjected to narrative analysis, according to Riessman.


    The results of the project will provide knowledge of the complexity of musculoskeletal pain in young adults, and how the illness may be understood both in the light of common cultural conditions and the individual's life.

    In addition, results will provide knowledge about effective physiotherapy approaches to young adults with these kinds of problems.

    The project will be of clinical relevance not only for psychomotor physiotherapists, but for physiotherapists and health practitioners working with young adults.

    The study may have implication in the short and long term by giving young adults better treatment for their pain and prevent health problems both in young adults and adults.