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Human Studies

2020 Oct 03

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci

Cross-sectional examination of musculoskeletal pain and physical function in a racially and socioeconomically diverse sample of adults.


Sardina AL, Gamaldo AA, Andel R, Johnson S, Baker TA, Thorpe RJ, McEvoy C, Evans MK, Zonderman AB
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 Oct 03.
PMID: 33009550.


Musculoskeletal pain alters physiological function, which may be evidenced as early as middle age. Previous research has concluded that middle-aged adults are a high-risk group for musculoskeletal pain and report functional limitations similar to older adults. However, few studies have examined the relationships between musculoskeletal pain and physical function, using objective performance measures in a sample of racially and socioeconomically diverse adults. Thus, this study examined musculoskeletal pain in relation to physical function in middle-aged (30-64 years) White and Black adults, and investigated whether the relationship varied by sociodemographic characteristics.