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...]

Teaching people about pain – why do we keep beating around the bush pt 2

Continued from previous post ... All is not lost, however. There is an emerging body of literature that suggests that we can change the way people understand their pain. We can reconceptualize pain in a way that makes clear the distinction between tissue damage, nociception and pain. The bulk of the work in this area is guided by a model that … [Read more...]

Teaching people about pain – why do we keep beating around the bush

A frank approach to interpersonal communication brings with it some challenges, but having to dig oneself out of a hole, created by strategically avoiding the truth, is not one of them. This frank approach is well suited to science – the scientific process requires us to pursue and report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We do … [Read more...]

Ride for Pain At Your Place!

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GET MOVING FOR CHRONIC PAIN RESEARCH!  In conjunction with UniSA's Ride for Pain, and PainAdelaide 2013, we are giving YOU ALL the opportunity to GET INVOLVED. If you can’t make it to Adelaide in April, Ride for Pain anyway, by taking part in Ride for Pain at your place!  Simply register here. It will cost you AUD$70. We will send you your very … [Read more...]

Finding the love between scientists and clinicians – a response to Dr Butler on noijam

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I am thrilled that Dr David Butler; he of the custard tart; the Duke of Irreverence; the internationally acclaimed clinical revolutionary, has started a blog. I am chuffed that he showed me his first post before it went live. And I could not help but respond because it takes two to tango and I have a few thoughts on this issue myself. I have … [Read more...]

Specificity to neuroplasticity and back again?

There is nothing like a good thinking session to kick off the new year. In their new paper, just published in Pain Medicine, the dulcet tones of A/Prof Milton Cohen and partners have been transformed to print in what is a very interesting critique of the theory of pain as a disease. Or, as they put it, 'pain-as-a-disease'. It really is a tricky … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of La Mano, or Space-Temperature Interactions in CRPS

I was unsure about that title, but I figured it's holiday season and I am going to talk about work I did with two Italians, and I know there are some Pink Floyd fans out there. Somewhere. If you have never heard of Pink or Floyd, then go with the subtitle - Space - temperature interactions in CRPS. Earlier this year, Alberto Gallace, Charlie Spence … [Read more...]

The Conversation acupuncture piece triggers a prickly debate

Neil OConnell and Lorimer Moseley just wrote this piece for The Conversation 'Acupuncture research – the path least scientific?' and it triggered some pretty heated debate - The Conversation stopped comments for fear of the abuse getting beyond what they see to be appropriate for the public space. It is indeed amazing to see how fired up and … [Read more...]