Can pain be a classically conditioned response?

Well, what do you think? For those who are clinicians, how does your thinking about that question influence your clinical reasoning? Have you ever found yourself saying (or thinking) along lines like this? “Well, he still has pain, and it’s 6 years since his injury. I think that, now, bending forwards is associated with pain for him. We need to … [Read more...]

Transforming how pain is managed after surgery: Preventing long term pain and restoring psychological health

Chronic post-surgical pain is a major public health problem that’s managed to remain ‘under the radar’ for far too long.   Many of you probably know someone who’s had major surgery, but what you likely don’t know is that a common adverse effect is chronic or persistent pain – the pain never goes away, or it might, for a while, only to return at a … [Read more...]

BiM has a shake-up – introducing our Commissioning Editors, International Advisors and Associate Editors

BiM is ready for a slight shake up. We are changing our editorial structure to move away from subject areas and towards a model that we think will improve your experience of our service. So, we now have a list of Commissioning Editors, the names of whom you can see on the left. We are lucky enough to have an interdisciplinary, international group, … [Read more...]

PainAdelaide at your place! Help us take it to the world!

PainAdelaide is possibly the best little pain meeting in the world. This year is no exception - we have Prof Frank Keefe, Prof Gian Domenico Iannetti, Prof Serge Marchand, A Prof Kevin Vowles, A Prof Greg Crawford and a gaggle of other top shelf speakers. They all have to answer this question before we let them off the stage - So what? We will have … [Read more...]

Placebo vs nocebo: same-same or different?

The role of expectation in diminishing pain (as we might see in the ‘placebo effect’) has been pretty thoroughly studied.  As a result of that research, we know that experiences of pain usually fall in line with expectations of pain, that expectations (and, therefore, pain) can be manipulated with either verbal information (e.g. ‘this will be less … [Read more...]

Are symptoms of depression a risk factor for low back pain?

It is well known that both low back pain and depression are highly prevalent, costly, and disabling conditions. The prevalence of patients suffering with both is high. Clinicians often encounter these complex patients and face challenging decisions for their management. Our research group, led by Dr Paulo Ferreira from the Arthritis and … [Read more...]

Tweeting Back

Globally, around 3.2-billion people are connected to the Internet. Online technologies are now ever-present in daily life, and they are influencing healthcare in new and exciting ways. The World Health Organisation has defined this phenomenon as “eHealth” - the practice of medicine and public health supported by electronic processes and … [Read more...]

The Pain Squad App

We know that pain is one of the most common and distressing symptoms for children with cancer. This pain results from many different aspects of cancer and its treatment, including things like chemotherapy, surgeries and repeated needle pokes with blood work and other tests. Pain can negatively impact on many aspects of a child’s life. To best treat … [Read more...]

Anaesthetizing forearm decreases sensorimotor impairment and cortical excitability in CRPS

When reading this title some people who work in the pain field might think: why anaesthetize the forearm when the hand is in pain? Actually, this “first step approach” was not intended to interrupt pain chronicity but to increase knowledge in basic pain physiology. Sometimes, the overall aim to alleviate pain can put us under pressure and can … [Read more...]

Identification of pain from facial expressions using spatial frequency information

We often hear that pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience which is highly personal and subjective. However, pain also happens in a social context and we are beginning to understand more about how we communicate pain to others. As well as talking about pain we also know that pain can be communicated to others through nonverbal … [Read more...]