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    Here's a note I wrote for the Facebook page:

    “When Moving Hurts: Assess, Understand, Take Action”

    From the IASP president, G.F.Gebhart:

    "Dear Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce the 2009–2010 Global Year Against Musculoskeletal Pain. This IASP-sponsored campaign will draw attention to the disabling pain experienced by people around the world suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. Built around the theme of “When Moving Hurts: Assess, Understand, Take Action,” this vital initiative calls upon each of us to provide a voice to those with musculoskeletal pain by:
    * Disseminating information about musculoskeletal pain worldwide, with particular emphasis on developing countries.

    * Educating pain researchers as well as health care professionals globally who see the issues associated with musculoskeletal pain first-hand in their interactions with patients.

    * Increasing awareness of musculoskeletal pain among government officials, members of the media, and the general public worldwide.

    * Encouraging government leaders, research institutions, and other key decision-makers to support more research, thus producing more effective and accessible treatment methods and outcomes for people with musculoskeletal pain.

    Throughout the campaign, which will run through late October 2010, IASP’s members and chapters will organize meetings, symposia, patient-education events, publications, and many other efforts exploring different aspects of musculoskeletal pain. In addition, IASP and its chapters will sponsor media efforts highlighting some of the challenges posed by musculoskeletal pain.

    I encourage you to get involved in any such activities planned in your area. Whether you help to plan and organize an event, deliver a talk related to musculoskeletal pain, or attend a meeting to show your support, your participation is essential to the success of the Global Year Against Musculoskeletal Pain. Please contact your local IASP chapter, or the IASP secretariat office at, for more information on scheduled activities in your area and other ways to get involved.

    Be sure to visit these Global Year web pages regularly, where you will find a series of Fact Sheets focusing on more than 20 topics related to musculoskeletal pain—furnished in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and other languages. The fact sheets, campaign posters, and other resources are available to all at no cost. You can also register to receive Global Year Updates (via email) with the latest news and campaign resources.

    With everyone’s support and active participation, we can do much to minimize the pain and suffering of those with musculoskeletal pain. Let’s make it a great year!

    Best wishes,

    G.F. Gebhart, IASP President"

    Personally, I wish they had called it Global Year Against Neuromusculoskeletal Pain, but it's a start. It's a great theme, and you can see what some of the goals are - these are great goals!

    If you click on the link to the global years page you can look at the 20 fact sheets they have there for free. Dave Walton of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Pain Science Division says, "I looked at the ones on exercise and pain, and it's appropriately moderate in its support, given the evidence base."

    Nothing there directly relates to PT, however.
    Please encourage your various PT associations and professional bodies to let IASP know what PT can do. Join IASP. Form PT special interest groups for study of pain, everywhere in the world. Let's dig deeper and take this on. Let's show the world and the IASP that our profession is working to understand the new science around pain, takes musculoskeletal pain seriously and works with it daily.

    Here is that link again: 2009-2010 Global Year Against Musculoskeletal Pain

    ~ Diane Jacobs
    HumanAntiGravitySuit blog
    Neurotonics PT Teamblog
    Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division (Archived newsletters, paincasts)
    Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division Facebook page
    WCPT PhysiotherapyPainNetwork on Facebook
    Neuroscience and Pain Science for Manual PTs Facebook page

    SomaSimple on Facebook

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