• Harriët Wittink

    Physiotherapist and Chair, Lifestyle and Health Research Group, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Catherine Doody

    Associate Professor, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Morten Hoegh

    Aalborg University, SMI, Owner, FysioDanmark Aarhus, Denmark

Chair: Harriet Wittink, Netherlands
Harriet Wittink, Netherlands
Catherine Doody, Ireland
Quantitative sensory tests (QST) are psychophysical tests for the assessment of somatosensory function in the peripheral and central nervous systems, and can be a useful part of the overall biopsychosocial assessment of people with pain.  This session will give an overview of the different QST tools that may be used in the clinic for the assessment of somatosensory function, including pressure pain thresholds, temporal summation, conditioned pain modulation, heat and cold pain and detection thresholds, vibration, light touch, pinprick/ blunt pressure sensitivity.   The utility of QST to explore the neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for the development or maintenance of pain will be considered.  In addition the applicability of QST in predicting outcomes to treatment will be explored.  
Biopsychosocial assessment in the clinic
Catherine Doody, Ireland
It is important for Physiotherapists to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to carry out an optimal evidence-based clinical assessment of people with chronic pain which can inform a tailored approach to treatment.  A biopsychosocial approach to the assessment of people with chronic pain can best capture the multidimensional aspects of pain, and can inform the Physiotherapists’ management strategies.  This session will discuss the assessment of the multiple domains of pain, including intensity, quality and temporal aspects of pain in addition to physical, psychophysical,  sensory and affective dimensions using valid and reliable methods.  Assessment of pain will also include identification of the different pain mechanisms that may contribute to the generation and maintenance of chronic pain within the context of the biopsychosocial model.
Conditioned pain modulatory
Morten Høgh, Denmark


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