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Biased towards pain: the role of expectancy in impaired selective learning in fibromyalgia patients

Associative learning is the process by which people and animals learn that two events or stimuli occur together. One of the evolutionary advantages of associative learning is to identify predictors […]

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A simple question with a complex answer: Why do people seek healthcare?

The obvious answer to the question, why do people seek healthcare for musculoskeletal conditions might be because of pain, loss of function, or disability. To some degree, all of these […]

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Difficulties with cluster randomized trials in primary care

Cluster randomized trials (cRCT) are a popular and common design option for trials based in primary care. Because the number of eligible patients are limited within each primary care facility, […]

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Creating an assessment tool to improve osteoarthritis knee pain treatment

The knee is one of the joints most commonly affected by osteoarthritis (OA), and pain is the most commonly reported symptom. In England, 1 in 4 individuals aged 55 or […]

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Pain after cancer. Let’s take it on.

Here’s an observation of two very different research fields: cancer and pain science education. Take cancer – truly gobsmacking investment in research and treatment globally has seen remarkable improvements in […]

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Pain sensitivity in migraine: specific alterations related to stimulus parameters and location

Migraine is the second most prevalent neurological disorder [1] with prevalence of 11-23% worldwide  [2-6]. Understanding the mechanisms of migraine may be the key to identifying and developing new treatments. […]

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I can avoid pain, therefore I must be afraid!

Why is it that some people develop chronic pain after recovering from an injury, while others don’t? Suppose you are one of the many people who had an injury. Let […]

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Injustice Perception in Chronic Pain: Shaped Through Expectation and Experience

A tendency to perceive pain as an irreparable or unjust experience may vary widely between people and across situations. Sullivan and colleagues have termed this pattern of thinking “injustice perception”, […]

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Physiotherapists struggle to identify and deal with psychological factors in chronic low back pain

Psychological factors including catastrophizing, fear of movement and psychological distress are predictors of negative outcomes in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP).[1] Furthermore, patients with CLBP often have comorbid depressive […]

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What about the clinimetric properties of sensorimotor measurement instruments?

That chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with functional and structural changes in the central nervous system is difficult to dispute and subject to wide-ranging ongoing research (Moseley and […]

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