BodyInMind

BodyInMind looks at the relationship between the body, the brain and the mind and how they interact particularly in chronic and complex pain disorders.

Does pain lead to mental illness or is it the other way around?

It’s common knowledge that pain problems and mental illness will affect many of us over the course of our lives [1-4]. Comorbidity between pain and mental illness is often seen in clinical practice and is well established in the literature [5]. But what actually comes first, is it the pain or is it the mental illness? And could it even be that one … [Read more...]

Do kids once in chronic pain break free?

After the long and winding road towards diagnosis, many children with chronic pain conditions improve with standard outpatient therapy approaches such as a combination of physical and cognitive behavioral therapies with or without medications. However a subset of children and teens with intractable and disabling pain require a more intensive … [Read more...]

Vision and pain – evidence of safety or evidence of danger?

Pain emerges when we conclude the body is under threat and in need of protection.[1] This conclusion depends on the integration of the predicted state of the body with information from multiple sources, and has led to an interest in the role that multisensory integration might have in pain modulation. The most commonly investigated phenomenon is … [Read more...]

Can video games help older people with back pain?

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide [1] and up to 90% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their life [2]. The small percentage of people who develop chronic and disabling symptoms account for most of the burden of low back pain, and these are mostly older people [3]. Low back pain becomes more severe … [Read more...]

How much evidence is enough to retract a paper?

A paper published in May this year by Coulter et al. (2018) was followed by two letters to the editor (Gibson et al. 2018, O'Keeffe, et al. 2018). The original paper was a systematic review with meta-analyses regarding the effectiveness of manipulation and mobilization for pain and disability in people with chronic non-specific low back pain.  The … [Read more...]

Editors picks: A simple question with a complex answer: Why do people seek healthcare?

Over this holiday season we are publishing our Editor’s picks of 2018 for you to read and enjoy again. The third and last one is by Derek Clewley. -- The obvious answer to the question, why do people seek healthcare for musculoskeletal conditions might be because of pain, loss of function, or disability. To some degree, all of these reasons are … [Read more...]

Editors picks: Pain as a threat to the social self

Over this holiday season we are publishing our Editor’s picks of 2018 for you to read and enjoy again. The second one is by Kai Karos. -- Times are changing. Our understanding of pain from a purely biomedical perspective has evolved to a biopsychosocial perspective of pain. Intuitively, pain has long been recognized as an experience that can … [Read more...]

Editors picks: Lifestyle behaviour change with chronic pain isn’t a piece of cake

Over this holiday season we are publishing our Editor’s picks of 2018 for you to read and enjoy again. The first one by Amanda Williams and Chris Williams -- Chronic pain and other chronic health issues appear to have considerable links. For example, data published by the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare show 64.5% of people with … [Read more...]

Search for the Holy Grail for Preventative Analgesia

The opioid epidemic is the largest public health issue facing the United States, and we are at a critical crossroads as pain physicians to find effective alternative medications and approaches for chronic pain. This sharp swing away from opioid prescription has left many patients in the US feeling desperate and helpless. The need for alternative … [Read more...]

Gender and pain: thinking beyond sex differences

Consider the following… What is the first question that comes to mind when you find out someone is pregnant? Most of us would ask “Is it a boy or a girl?” As humans, knowing whether someone is male or female is a part of how we organize information about them in our minds. Just knowing this one simple fact allows us to access a huge arsenal … [Read more...]