When the body makes itself heard: The experience of bodily illness among people with neck-shoulder problems
2008 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, Vol. 10, no 2, 85-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to explore the experience of bodily illness among people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the neck/shoulder region. The study had a grounded theory approach, with constant comparisons and simultaneous data collection and analysis. Initially, parts of interviews about health experiences related to MSDs previously performed among men and women with musculoskeletal symptoms in the neck/shoulder and/or back were analysed. Next, complementary semi-structured interviews among men and women with neck/shoulder problems were performed, focusing on the experience of bodily illness, until saturation was reached. The results describe the experiences of bodily illness among people with MSDs in the neck/shoulder region as being characterized by uncontrollable fluctuations. The experiences are presented as a model of the disease course as experienced by the affected. The process usually developed from a beginning with insidious symptoms to a state of constant discomfort. Along the line of this development, periods of intermittent events of increasing illness occurred with peaks of consuming intensity. A variety of different symptoms was present during the process, which are presented in this paper. An increased knowledge of the disease course can be useful in prevention and treatment as communication about the disorder can be more specific.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 10, no 2, 85-94 p.
Bodily illness; disease course; experience; fluctuations; grounded theory; inside perspective; neck/shoulder disorders; process; qualitative method; symptoms
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19118DOI: 10.1080/14038190701760627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19118DiVA: diva2:201419