Preoperative Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Radiculopathy

Another in our 'getting your thesis out there' series.  This one from Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD. Congrats Adriaan on finishing your thesis! Background: On average one in three patients following lumbar surgery (LS) for radiculopathy experience persistent pain and disability following surgery. No perioperative treatments have shown any ability to … [Read more...]

My back has shrunk – The influence of cupping therapy on body image

My Ph.D. research investigated the effect of cupping therapy in the treatment of chronic non-specific neck pain [1-3]. Besides pain and well-being we followed the approach by Moseley, 2008 [4] who found that patients with chronic low back pain showed body image distortions. His patients were unable to designate their whole bodily contours and there … [Read more...]

The role of Range of Motion in recovery from Whiplash Associated Disorders

Summary My PhD research investigated the role of cervical spine Range of Motion in the recovery from Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). This formed part of my work on a large RCT investigating conservative treatments for WAD [2]. In clinical practice, Health Care Professionals attach value to measurements of cervical spine Range of Motion … [Read more...]

Patients get chronic neck pain because they are fearful and catastrophic right? Wrong.

One of the things we try to do at BiM is to help PhD students get their word out. Here is an example, but before you click out because it is ‘just a PhD thesis’ take a look at it because this is one impressive PhD AND it throws up a really interesting finding. DR Esther Williamson asked 599 people a range of questions just after they hurt their … [Read more...]

Nociceptive, peripheral neuropathic, central sensitivity – is it all Greek to us?

For those of you who have done one, you will know that finishing your PhD can be a bit like sailing in front of Wild Oats in the Sydney to Hobart - the flapping spinnaker, full of midnight oil and editorial mutterings, left limp as a soggy biscuit. For those of you who have not done a PhD, you might not get it. Well, here at BiM we are keen to keep … [Read more...]

Anxiety and mood in people with fibromyalgia or neuropathic pain – different mechanisms

Professor Troels Jensen's clever group of researchers have published an interesting paper in the European Journal of Pain.  We were thinking about writing a little spiel on it so you can get the idea and then we thought - what about asking the authors? So we did. Fortunately for us, Lise Gormsen, who has now got her PhD via this work, kindly agreed … [Read more...]

Expecting back pain – the possibility of a self-fulfilling prophecy

It seems like years ago now, well, it is years ago now, that I did this study with The Walking Cortex (TWC, Paul Hodges).  This was one of my PhD studies. I think it is quite a groovy study.  We gave supposedly normal healthy volunteers painful electric shocks, through electrodes placed over the back of their pelvis.  We showed that when they are … [Read more...]

Exercise Behavior in Ankylosing Spondylitis

The next in our series of 'Getting your Thesis out there', this one from Stuart Porter. Exercise Behavior in Ankylosing Spondylitis Background: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an incurable, fluctuating, long-term condition for which prescribed exercise is central to management. However, many people with AS do not do undertake prescribed exercises, … [Read more...]

Getting your thesis out there

We are trying to assist new Doctors of Philosophy to get their findings 'out there' by including them here.  We will put up a really quick summary, written by the New Doctor and, wherever possible, a link to where the thesis can be downloaded.  We think this is a good way of both supporting new researchers and skipping the usual lag in getting … [Read more...]