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    March 2013

  • Clean teeth, bad back? Antibiotics for chronic low back pain.

    BIM · March 21, 2013

    It is unsurprising that there are few-to-no impressively effective treatments for chronic non-specific low back pain. The clue is in the “diagnostic” label. Non-specific low back pain represents the vast majority of cases for whom our traditional diagnoses don’t explain a great deal. If we can’t put our finger on what is causing it, we are likely to be donkeys at treating it.

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  • Is GDR effective in the treatment of chronic neck pain?

    BIM · March 20, 2013

    It was in 2005 that I came up with the idea of a “gaze direction recognition" (GDR) task as a possible treatment for chronic neck pain. At that time some of the rehabilitation patients visiting my rehabilitation department had suffered from neck pain for a long time because of cervical strain or previous cervical spine surgery. In those days, such patients were usually treated with physical therapy such as thermotherapy and traction. I asked myself if there was any better training method for such neck pain.

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  • A stress model of chronic pain

    BIM · March 14, 2013

    People suffering from chronic pain know how stressful spontaneous pain can be. The reciprocal influence of stress over the neural activity contributing to chronic pain has recently received growing interest from the pain community. In our study, we tested the hypothesized maladaptive stress response and its impact on the hippocampal formation of patients suffering from idiopathic chronic low back pain.

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  • Structural changes in chronic pain. The innocent bystander?

    BIM · March 11, 2013

    Most BiM readers will be familiar with a body of research indicating that chronic pain is associated with apparent structural changes in the brain such as reductions in grey matter density. But maybe they are simply unimportant epiphenomena; innocent bystanders who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now stand falsely accused.

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