Complex and multidimensional nature of pain

  • Harriët Wittink

    Physiotherapist and Chair, Lifestyle and Health Research Group, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Mary O'Keeffe

    Physiotherapist, European Union Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ulrike Kaiser

    Clinical Psychologist, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, Germany
  • Peter O'Sullivan

    Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Australia

Chair: Harriet Wittink, Netherlands
Harriet Wittink, Netherlands
Psychosocial factors in low back pain, letting go of our misconceptions can help management
Mary O'Keeffe, Ireland
While most people will have heard about the role of psychosocial factors in low back pain, there can be confusion about who is best in the healthcare system to address these factors, and what they actually are.

In this presentation, I will address common misconceptions about psychosocial factors in low back pain.
Multidimensional factors in pain
Peter O'Sullivan, Australia
Complexity of pain from an interprofessional collaboration point of view and when physios should refer
Ulrike Kaiser, Germany
Aim of the talk is to introduce into theoretical backgrounds of multidisciplinary and integrated team approaches to treat chronic pain conditions. Starting from a brief reflection of existing evidence of neural and central pain mechanisms the treatment rationale for pain management will be explained, introducing into existing definitions, recommendations and general aims of such approaches. The role of physiotherapists will be discussed, being an integral part of such treatment approaches, closely collaborating with other disciplines as an appropriate answer to the biopsychosocial nature of (chronic) pain.


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