The flexibility of body representations in osteoarthritis.
Helen Gilpin and Roger Newport
What is the problem you are trying to solve?
Contributions to pain in osteoarthritis that are the result of a distorted cortical representation of the affected body part.
What is the hypothesis this study tested?
That osteoarthritis sufferers have faulty representations of the size of their painful hand and that these can be modulated through the use of multisensory illusions.
What was the conclusion?
They do and they can.
What is the clinical relevance of the work?
The findings have implications for the development of new illusory therapies for treating chronic pain based on the cortical representation of the body.