Pain in Motion at the World Congress on Pain in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.   December 2nd, 2018

​The World Congress on Pain 2018, organized by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. This meeting focused on sharing new developments in pain research, treatment, and education. A small delegation of PiM members was present at this meeting to share their latest research with clinicians and researchers within the pain field. 

Prior to this congress, the special interest group (SIG) on Pain, Mind and Movement organized a satellite meeting. The satellite meeting included two world-leading experts as keynote speakers (Marco Loggia and Adriaan Louw), four very interesting clinical workshops, and 16 oral presentations of cutting-edge research. As there were speakers from South Africa, USA, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Australia, many nationalities were represented on stage, and the meeting lend itself perfectly for international interaction and networking. From this meeting I definitely remember the keynote lecture of Adriaan Louw. Not only is he a gifted speaker, he also fiercely defended the PNE+ idea. PNE is short for Pain Neuroscience Education, a treatment modality that Adriaan does a lot of research on. Yet, in this lecture, he stressed the importance of the therapy following PNE, as PNE is very necessary, but as stand-alone treatment insufficient to help the patient. It was very inspiring!

Two days later, the congress itself started with an outstanding, yet comprehensive program. Many parallel sessions, a large number of poster presentations, and other activities made it often difficult to decide which session to follow. I was happy to see that the congress maintained a nice balance between more fundamental and more clinically applicable research, offering something interesting for everyone attending the congress.  Although the World Congress on Pain is great for obtaining knowledge and gaining new insights, I especially enjoyed the possibility to talk with people from all over the world.

To end this blogpost, I would like to highlight the contribution of the attending PiM members to this congress. Together, we performed during eight poster presentations, four oral presentations, one clinical workshop and one panel workshop. Further reading on some of the presented topics, can be found below.

To summarize, it was a great congress, with loads of opportunities to connect and share with other researchers and clinicians. I am already looking forward to the 18th World Congress of Pain in 2020 in Amsterdam!

Anneleen Malfliet

Member of Pain in Motion
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University Hospital Brussels, Ghent University.

2018  Pain in Motion

References and further reading

  1. Coppieters et al. Differences Between Women With Traumatic and Idiopathic Chronic Neck Pain and Women Without Neck Pain: Interrelationships Among Disability, Cognitive Deficits, and Central Sensitization. Physical Therapy, 2017; 97(3):338-353.
  2. Coppieters et al. Cognitive Performance Is Related to Central Sensitization and Health-related Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders and Fibromyalgia. Pain Physician, 2015; 18(3):E389-401. 
  3. Huysmans et al. Return to work following surgery for lumbar radiculopathy: a systematic review. Spina Journal, 2018; 18(9):1694-1714.
  4. Clark et al. What Are the Predictors of Altered Central Pain Modulation in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Populations? A Systematic Review. Pain Physician, 2017; 20(6):487-500.
  5. Malfliet et al. Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education Combined With Cognition-Targeted Motor Control Training on Chronic Spinal Pain. A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurology, 2018; 75(7):808-817.
  6. Malfliet et al. Blended-Learning Pain Neuroscience Education for People With Chronic Spinal Pain: Randomized Controlled Multicenter Trial. Physical Therapy,2018; 98(5):357-368.
  7. PAINsupplement on the 17thWorld Congress of Pain: