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Human Studies

2019 May

Eur J Pain



Evaluating the novel added value of neurophysiological pain sensitivity within the Fear-Avoidance Model of Pain.


Uddin Z, Woznowski-Vu A, Flegg D, Aternali A, Wickens R, Wideman TH
Eur J Pain. 2019 May; 23(5):957-972.
PMID: 30648781.


The Fear-Avoidance Model (FAM) is a leading theoretical paradigm for explaining persistent pain following musculoskeletal injury. The model suggests that as injuries heal, pain-related outcomes are increasingly determined by psychological, rather than physiological factors. Increasing literature, however, suggests that neurophysiological processes related to pain sensitivity also play an important role in chronicity. To date, there has been limited research that has specifically explored the role of pain sensitivity within the FAM. This study addresses this gap by evaluating whether clinical measures of pain sensitivity help explain FAM-related outcomes, beyond model-relevant psychological predictors.