Advances and issues in the clinical sciences as they relate to the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain disorders.
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On what looks like a very fresh Danish weekend, some fearsome warriors put on their Ride for Pain jerseys and took on the elements. Watch the day unfold in the latest Danish entry for the Cannes short-film awards, in the 'Raising awareness of the world's most burdensome health issue' category.
Low back pain can be a scary experience. When pain is perceived as being harmful or dangerous to the individual, it becomes something feared and avoided.But little is known in the literature about what people with chronic low back pain are fearful of and why.
Almost everyone suffers acute pain. Why do most recover, but an unfortunate few descend a downward spiral of social, personal and economic disadvantage? One hypothesis that has been interrogated for two decades is the fear avoidance model. Nonetheless, the case is not settled and some might argue that the fear avoidance model has not lived up to its considerable expectations.
Clinical research into the management of low back pain has shown that the current available treatments offer, at best, only moderate effects. Our Spinal Research Group at the University of Sydney has been one of the pioneers in the field and most of these discouraging results have been produced by high quality randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews conducted by our group. Not surprisingly we thought that we needed a change in the course of direction of the spinal management boat
Sunday April 7th saw hundreds of cyclists take to the River or the Hills on an absolutely glorious Adelaide autumn day. The mercury nudged 30C and the spirits were even higher. Over 250 cyclists took on the whole 100km and 100 of those participated in the first ever age-weight adjusted time trial up the infamous Corkscrew Road.
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