Teaching people about pain – a kind of position paper

Some time ago, I wrote this paper, at the request of the journal Physical Therapy Reviews, on reconceptualising pain. It is a little old now but it has come to be a bit of a position paper. The position has four fundamentals, none of which will be very surprising to anyone I imagine: (i) pain does not provide a measure of the state of the … [Read more...]

Exercise and Back Pain – Hell’s own elephant

It’s getting cramped in here and I can’t work out why. I’m inside a room labelled 'how to treat low back pain' and something enormous is taking up all the space. Exercise is at the heart of the physical therapies in the treatment of back pain. Most forms of therapeutic exercise boast arguably plausible theories and don’t require a belief in … [Read more...]

Five questions you should ask a patient in pain

I recently did a talk for a bunch of GP's. The brief I got was to make the really tough task of assessing someone in pain a little easier - 'Perhaps you could tell them which questions to ask' were the exact words I think. So, here are the slides.  I have tried to make the pretty self explanatory, although Heidi has been trying to get me to do a … [Read more...]