Could pain science be becoming fashionable? WCPT announces successful symposia.

The World Congress on Physical Therapy, which will be held in Singapore next May, has just announced the successful proposals for symposia. There were, apparently, a very large number of submissions. However, an intriguing thing has happened - 20% of symposiums are focussed on pain. At first glance, one might think - only 20%? However, if that is … [Read more...]

It is not just the brain that changes itself – time to embrace bioplasticity?

My mate Dr Mick Thacker, has long been teasing me for being neurocentric. In fact - for being A neurocentric. That is, he attaches this neurocentricity to me not just as a characteristic, but as an identity. Moving on from positions of prejudice first requires understanding and I have slowly come to understand that pain is not an emergent property … [Read more...]

Everything you wanted to know about CENTRAL SENSITISATION

BiM review of a J Pain paper by Alban Latremoliere and Clifford J. Woolf (AKA L&W) By Kerwin Talbot & Lorimer Moseley Another of our series on the Journal of Pain’s most downloaded articles – this one on central sensitisation. There is no doubt that central sensitisation has such a prominent role in our pain lexicon that it almost … [Read more...]

BiM in Review 2013

Here we are again - summer time on top of the world and with the mercury due to top 44C this week, we are well and truly gearing up for scorching days and balmy nights, beach cricket, home-made lemonade and plenty of bubbles. We will be on what I call ‘skeleton presence’ from Christmas Eve until late January. So, as is customary here at BiM, let’s … [Read more...]

Time to get qualified in Pain Science?

University of Sydney

Information and new findings about pain bombard us from all directions and keeping abreast of them is a major challenge. Another challenge is integrating this knowledge for clinical applications. While there are discipline-specific issues associated with pain and its management, we need to know about the broad field of pain if we are to work … [Read more...]

BiM increase dissemination of research articles!

PDF downloads per day

We did an experiment on you. Well, it wasn't really on you. Although it did involve you. Anyway, here it is: Some time ago, we did an experiment to see if all this work we are putting in at BiM actually has an effect on dissemination of the research we are bringing to you all.  Our intent was to try to measure what is widely accepted as fact - that … [Read more...]

Have your say! What Refresher Course would you want at the World Congress on Pain?

I am on the Scientific Programme Committee for the next World Congress on Pain, to be held in Buenos Aires in October 2014. I am also on the subcommittee that is organising the range of refresher courses. Refresher courses are 3 hour sessions aimed at bringing attendants up to speed in a certain area. Here is your chance to influence how the World … [Read more...]

Riding for pain with a Viking Spirit

On what looks like a very fresh Danish weekend, some fearsome warriors put on their Ride for Pain jerseys and took on the elements. Watch the day unfold in the latest Danish entry for the Cannes short-film awards, in the 'Raising awareness of the world's most burdensome health issue' category. httpv://youtu.be/gYSV4Ai-zSg … [Read more...]

A new direction for the fear avoidance model

This commentary was first published in the Journal of Pain.  We thought it was worthwhile to publish it again here: Almost everyone suffers acute pain. Why do most recover, but an unfortunate few descend a downward spiral of social, personal and economic disadvantage? One hypothesis that has been interrogated for two decades is the fear … [Read more...]

Another uber-successful UniSA Ride for Pain

Sunday April 7th saw hundreds of cyclists take to the River or the Hills on an absolutely glorious Adelaide autumn day. The mercury nudged 30C and the spirits were even higher. Thanks to WorkCoverSA and, of course the University of South Australia, it was another very successful event. Over 250 cyclists took on the whole 100km and 100 of those … [Read more...]