Pain, Disparities, and the Perils of the Endless Loop

“I can’t stop thinking about how much it hurts!” “I’m scared the pain will get worse!” “There’s nothing I can do to make it better!” These and related expressions may ring familiar to pain sufferers – their friends, family, and clinicians too. They are 3 of the many examples of catastrophic reactions that often occur around pain. More … [Read more...]

Tactile acuity in acute pain: do we not see the wood for the trees?

It is well known that chronic pain is associated with changes in the brain: Several lines of research confirm alterations in the central nervous system in chronic pain syndromes including phantom limb pain, complex regional pain syndrome, patients with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and - the most prevalent syndrome - chronic non-specific low back … [Read more...]

A new method of assessing women with pelvic pain

Are you female? Do you know any females? Chances are, the majority of you are thinking ‘yes’. And chances are, the majority of those females you know have experienced pelvic pain. Almost every woman will experience pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhoea) at some point during her life[1] – and usually it seems like some kind of uterus-driven … [Read more...]

Online Breast Cancer Laterality Study

  It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime (American Cancer Society, 2015). Terrific advances in modern screening and treatment approaches mean that many women will survive – there are nearly three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. However breast cancer treatments can cause … [Read more...]

“I need to do another course” – Physiotherapists’ views on assessing psychosocial factors in chronic low back pain

Psychosocial factors (PS) are described as the combination of an individual’s cognitive, emotional and social status that can influence their health status (Singla et al., 2015) and they include: patients’ beliefs that pain and activity are harmful, fear avoidance beliefs, negative behaviours, lack of support, overprotective families, physical … [Read more...]

Pregabalin for sciatica, increasing prescription but is it effective?

Few clinical guidelines for the treatment of sciatica exist and evidence regarding effective medical treatments is limited. One medicine that is prescribed for the management of sciatica is pregabalin (also known as Lyrica®). Pregabalin is a neuropathic pain medicine, effective in reducing neuropathic pain in conditions such as post-herpetic … [Read more...]

Restoring movement representation with virtual reality alleviates phantom limb pain

Working hypothesis about phantom limb pain and movement representation Patients with phantom limb pain (PLP) may report altered movement representations of their phantom limb, for example, ‘my phantom limb is frozen in one or more peculiar positions’. Dr. Sumitani previously reported that visual feedback using a mirror restored the voluntary … [Read more...]

Endless Possibilities Initiative – EPIc

The Endless Possibilities Initiative (EPIc) is a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering people with pain to live well. CoFounders Beth and Jo are are two women living with ongoing pain who have found their way forward and want to help others do the same. When they first learned of pain science and the things they could do … [Read more...]

Is “how much?” the right question to ask about exercise for pain?

  Exercise is widely accepted to be beneficial for health and is increasingly prescribed as treatment for many diseases and other chronic health conditions. Many studies in both humans and rodents have investigated the effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for chronic pain. Although the efficacy of exercise in rodent models of persistent … [Read more...]

Explain Pain Supercharged is here!

After many years of writing, discussing, researching, washing down toasted ham and cheese croissants with copious amounts of coffee, arguing and testing, Lorimer and I have completed a clinical manual for anyone involved in pain treatment – and after all of it we’re still even talking to each other! We’ve been asked over and over for a book … [Read more...]