We're using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you're agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more
For more information, go to

Summary and further reading

Back to Widespread musculoskeletal pain

As the case studies demonstrate, a careful clinical history and examination provide the most useful information in assessing a patient. In the case of patients presenting with widespread musculoskeletal pain, such assessment is invaluable in moving forward with a management plan.

Investigations can help to support a diagnosis or exclude alternative diagnoses but there are no definitive diagnostic tests for many musculoskeletal conditions.

You'll always have patients that you have doubts about when reaching a diagnosis. If inflammation or a red flag diagnosis are a significant possibility, you should refer them to a specialist.

Further reading

Our resources

External resources

Previous Next
Back to Widespread musculoskeletal pain

We're now

Versus Arthritis.

You're being taken through to our new website in order to finish your donation.

Thank you for your generosity.

For more information, go to
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.