For physical therapists to justify our services for patients with musculoskeletal problems, we need to achieve clinical outcomes superior to those associated with natural history or due to the passage of time. If a patient's presentation is unclear or if the response to intervention is less favorable than expected, practical application of the regional-interdependence model may add clarity to the patient's clinical picture and guide subsequent interventions. Likewise, further investigation of the regional-interdependence concept in a systematic fashion may add clarity to the nature of many musculoskeletal problems and guide subsequent decision making in clinical care.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2007;37(11):658-660. doi:10.2519/jospt.2007.0110
KEY WORDS: regional interdependence
A best-practice model for managing patients with musculoskeletal complaints has yet to be identified. Until such a model exists, considering the regional-interdependence musculoskeletal examination model along with the current models of disease is another step forward toward providing rational, evidence-based physical therapy care.