Just to let you know that registrations are now open for our next Disease Discovery Evening, this one is all about Pain.

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Know Pain: No Gain


Pain commences with injury, being the brains way of prompting a protective response.  The causes of persisting musculoskeletal pain are varied including back, neck and shoulder and orthopaedic post operative pain. As the body heals and no longer needs protection pain reduces. Pain that persists longer than expected is termed persisting pain effecting around 10% of Australians. In many patients with persistent pain, it progresses to an all consuming entity with major impacts on their life. 


As pain duration extends non tissue related factors such as thoughts, beliefs, mood, anxiety and memory drive the cycle of pain and disuse. These factors can dominate the pain experience, with little to no contribution from tissues. Phantom limb pain, the experience of pain in an absent body part, shows that pain can persist in the absence of any tissue!


This presentation explores persisting pain and contemporary movement based therapies which have been shown to be beneficial. Pain education and knowing pain, as opposed to no pain no gain, is a key component to reduce threat and build confidence despite the persisting symptoms.


Dr John Booth (PhD) is a clinical Exercise Physiologist in the area of musculoskeletal pain and injury. His primary area of clinical practice is spinal pain and injury and the treatment and management of patients with persisting pain. John is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine NSW. (John is also a Stone Mason, climber, surfer and cyclist with jaunts in various parts of the world for these pursuits.)


Speaker: Dr John Booth

When: Monday, 20 June 2011, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: Museum of Human Disease

Ground Floor, Samuels Building(F25)

The University of New South Wales

Gate 11 Botany St, Kensington


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