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2022 Sep 20

Int J Environ Res Public Health



Impact of Pain Neuroscience Education Program in Community Physiotherapy Context on Pain Perception and Psychosocial Variables Associated with It in Elderly Persons: A Ranzomized Controlled Trial.


Vicente-Mampel J, Gargallo P, Bautista I J, Blanco-Gímenez P, de Bernardo Tejedor N, Alonso-Martín M, Martínez-Soler M, Baraja-Vegas L
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Sep 20; 19(19).
PMID: 36231171.


This study investigated the long-term effect (six-months) of a Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) program on pain perception, quality of life, kinesiophobia and catastrophism in older adults with multimorbidity and chronic pain. Fifty participants ( = 50) were randomly assigned to the pain education therapy group (PET; = 24) and control group (CG; = 26). The PET group received six sessions (i.e., once a week, 50 min) about neurophysiology of pain while the CG carried on with their usual life. Perception of pain through the visual analogue scale (VAS), quality of life (EQ-5D questionnaire), kinesiophobia (TSK-11) and catastrophism (PCS) were assessed after six months since the last PNE session. Statistically significant differences on VAS (t = 44, = 0.01, ES = 0.42 [0.13, 0.65]) was found in favor to PET group. No other statistically significant differences were found. This study found that the application of a PNE intervention in an isolated form was able to significantly reduce pain perception with low effect size in the long-term (six months after intervention) in elderly people with chronic pain.