Long-term elbow pain: is the brain more at fault than the tendon?

Tennis elbow (known in medical terms as lateral epicondylalgia) is a common condition that presents with pain on the outer aspect of the elbow. Despite its name, the condition is not restricted to tennis players and can affect anyone performing repetitive movements of the forearm (manual labourers, typists etc). In fact, tennis elbow affects up to … [Read more...]

Not a dry eye in my house. Paralympics, pain and plasticity.

I LOVE the Olympics. And didn't London put on a stellar show - I have really enjoyed watching you Brits hold up the mirror and get rather surprised at how good you really are at stuff - the Olympic medal haul from Team GB was truly magnificent of course. I remember how Uber-Australian we all became during and for a while after the Sydney 2000 … [Read more...]

Neuroplasticity neuroschplacity. The results are in and introducing Neuroelasticity.

Some time ago, we were inspired by some debate in the literature on whether the term neuroplasticity was overdone. Cooked up. Passe.  It is timely to revisit this now, for two reasons. First, I did a talk at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians last night - the inaugural seminar in the College of Rehabilitation Physicians' Mind series. … [Read more...]

Neuroplasticity neuroschplacity

We (ok, I) have been a bit slow on the uptake here, but Mindhacks posted a typically excellent piece lamenting the use of 'neuroplasticity'. Vaughan, in typically excellent style, argues that, because the brain is always changing - we can't do anything really without something changing - the term is meaningless.  He goes so far to say that perhaps … [Read more...]