MSK pain conditions are the biggest cause of disability internationally. They are often treated with pain medication, including opioids, and surgery when applicable. However, there is little guidance to assist medical doctors (MD)s and nurse practitioners (NP)s in implementing non-pharmacological treatments, such as manual therapy with or as an alternative to pharmacological treatment.
To address this gap, OCA hired CEP to develop this clinical tool. MDs and NPs like you can use it as a guide when referring a patient for manual therapy, delivered by a chiropractor, physiotherapist or registered massage therapist, collaborating on a plan of care and evaluating outcomes.