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Human Studies

2019 Aug

Clin J Pain



Comparing Novel and Existing Measures of Sensitivity to Physical Activity among People With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: The Importance of Tailoring Activity to Pain.


Woznowski-Vu A, Uddin Z, Flegg D, Aternali A, Wickens R, Sullivan MJL, Sweet SN, Skou ST, Wideman TH
Clin J Pain. 2019 Aug; 35(8):656-667.
PMID: 31145147.


Increasing pain during physical activity is as an important, but often poorly assessed, barrier to engaging in activity-based rehabilitation among people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Preliminary work has addressed this problem by developing new clinical measures of sensitivity to physical activity (SPA). Indices of SPA are generated by evaluating how pain changes in relation to brief physical tasks. Three strategies have been identified for structuring SPA-related physical tasks (self-paced, standardized, and tailored). This cross-sectional study aimed to comparatively estimate the extent of the three SPA tasks' evoked pain responses, predictive value of pain severity and pain interference, and their underlying psychological and sensory constructs, among 116 adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain.