The scientific committee is proud to announce the program for the Pain, Mind & Movement ‘Applying Science to the Clinic’ Satellite Meeting of the 17th World Congress on Pain.
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Central sensitization is an ongoing process in which duration might affect its reversibility.
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​Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a major problem in today’s society, and often no specific medical cause can be found for the patient’s complaints.
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The scientific committee of the Pain, Mind & Movement: Applying Science to the Clinic satellite meeting welcomes submissions for oral presentations and clinical workshops.
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Symposium Motion in Pain   March 12th, 2018
Verschillende sprekers geven een antwoord op relevante vragen omtrent pijn bij bewegen waar clinici, therapeuten en onderzoekers mee worstelen. Symposion "Motion in Pain", 30 mei 2018 @ Auditorium Hélène Fourment.
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On Thursday January 18th, I was looking at the newspaper and the latest news sport header read: “football career ends after concussion: ‘Good guidance’ was missing”.
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This is a question that all patients, the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team and more importantly all occupational therapists should ask.
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About 20% of the European population will tell you they do experience chronic pain every day (Breivik et al., 2006).
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An acupuncture treatment can reduce pain sensitivity in patients with chronic whiplash associated disorders (WAD). But it has been hypothesized that many of the experimental results in acupuncture research could be interpreted as stress-induced analgesia.
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Much of my early professional years were spent watching competitive sports. After 1-2 years in general practice I was hired by Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Assistant Athletic Trainer. Tulane University competed in Division I Athletics which meant that a majority of their student athletes attended on a ‘full-ride’ scholarship; our ability to keep them healthy was taken quite seriously.
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Inaugural lecture Enrique Lluch Girbes as visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: ‘Osteoarthritis pain: understanding pain mechanisms & combining pain neuroscience education with Mulligan manual therapy’.
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In low back pain there are clear clinical differences seen between recurrent and chronic low back pain patients.
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When patients with chronic back pain present with poor body awareness, high stress levels, catastrophic thinking and fear-avoidance behaviors, physical therapists need biopsychosocial treatment interventions in addition to standard practices based on structural impairment to achieve pain relief and functional improvement.
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Neurodynamics or neural mobilisation is an intervention aimed at restoring the altered homeostasis in and around the nervous system (Coppieters and Nee 2015).
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A universally accepted term for the phenomenon ‘central sensitization’ in humans is not available yet and a proof of this fact is that its use in scientific literature is still under debate (Kosek et al. 2016).
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This is a question most clinicians dealing with people in pain must have asked themselves many times before. We have too.
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Resilience in the face of pain   October 31st, 2017
Readers of this blogpost are all aware of the huge impact that chronic pain has on both personal lives and society as a whole. The numbers speak for themselves and point to the urgent need for improvements in the ways we conceptualize pain in our theoretical frameworks and how this works out in clinical practice.
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The effect of exercise therapy has been extensively studied in health and disease. While it is broadly agreed that a program of exercises is beneficial, the same cannot be said for a single session. Symptoms worsening following exercise is indeed a common feature in people with chronic pain.
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In Belgium, every year, nearly 75.000 patients are diagnosed with cancer. That’s 205 patients a day, 9 patients an hour.
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I bet you all know someone in your close environment – a friend, family member, workmate - who suffers from chronic pain. Maybe chronic pain even controls your own life from time to time? Let me reassure you, you’re not the only one.
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Excepcional calidad de España   August 25th, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017 in the beautiful Aulario V, Faculty of Physiotherapy of the University of Valencia (Spain): Enrique Lluch Girbés is defending his PhD in front of an international jury of experts.
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Similar as in adults, children’s pain experience occurs within a complex biopsychosocial framework. However, the presence of specific factors and their relative share in contributing to the development and maintenance of pain in children are distinct from those in adults.
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Objectively classifying and diagnosing different pain conditions remains a challenge for scientific research and clinical practice. Currently, self-report measures of pain and psychosocial factors are considered the gold standard for pain measurement and these measures perform well.
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Since the Cartesian model and the understanding of ‘a nervous system’, there has been a dualistic approach of pain. Especially in Western societies, a strong focus on ‘the bodily part’ of pain still exists today, as many (Western) healthcare professionals are of the opinion that pain needs a bodily onset.
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Unravelling low back pain remains a clinical challenge and the ideas about what can count as proper and necessary judgements are still a topic for debate.
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