Do brain changes really contribute to persistent low back pain?

If you’ve recently attended a pain conference, had a glass of wine with a pain boffin or spent time googling ‘pain’ you’ve no doubt come across the terms ‘neuroplasticity’ and ‘central sensitization’. These buzzwords are increasingly used to describe biological changes that might contribute to persistent low back pain. But do they really explain … [Read more...]

Could pain science be becoming fashionable? WCPT announces successful symposia.

The World Congress on Physical Therapy, which will be held in Singapore next May, has just announced the successful proposals for symposia. There were, apparently, a very large number of submissions. However, an intriguing thing has happened - 20% of symposiums are focussed on pain. At first glance, one might think - only 20%? However, if that is … [Read more...]

Time to get qualified in Pain Science?

University of Sydney

Information and new findings about pain bombard us from all directions and keeping abreast of them is a major challenge. Another challenge is integrating this knowledge for clinical applications. While there are discipline-specific issues associated with pain and its management, we need to know about the broad field of pain if we are to work … [Read more...]

Have your say! What Refresher Course would you want at the World Congress on Pain?

I am on the Scientific Programme Committee for the next World Congress on Pain, to be held in Buenos Aires in October 2014. I am also on the subcommittee that is organising the range of refresher courses. Refresher courses are 3 hour sessions aimed at bringing attendants up to speed in a certain area. Here is your chance to influence how the World … [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...]

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...]

Registration open for PainAdelaide April 8th 2013

Pain Adelaide 2013

Thanks for your patience folks. PainAdelaide 2013 is now open for registrations. We have had to adjust the price slightly - it is $100 full registration and $65 for full time students (only 40 student places available), and you have the opportunity to pay a bit more if you earn big bucks or you think the programme is just too good to accept at this … [Read more...]

Searching for Rene?

We stumbled across this video on YouTube. It has some terrific graphics and is well worth a look. It also has a spectacularly deep voiced star-trek type talking us through some of the neurochemical processes that occur when tissue is injured or inflamed. It touches on descending modulation, although attributes that to only one brainstem nucleus, … [Read more...]

Not a dry eye in my house. Paralympics, pain and plasticity.

I LOVE the Olympics. And didn't London put on a stellar show - I have really enjoyed watching you Brits hold up the mirror and get rather surprised at how good you really are at stuff - the Olympic medal haul from Team GB was truly magnificent of course. I remember how Uber-Australian we all became during and for a while after the Sydney 2000 … [Read more...]