Recommended Reading – Pain Classification – July 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts, I am busy with some updates of university lectures. As you can imagine I am a bit OCD about presenting up to date information in my lectures.

Given the time constraints at the moment I thought I might post the occasional article I come across in my lecturing preparations that I feel are worthwhile reads. This is the first one:

Low back pain: guidelines for the clinical classification of predominant neuropathic, nociceptive, or central sensitisation pain.

Best of the all the article has been made free to access!

Some of the regular readers may recall that I do think that Neuropathic pain classification generally lacks a little bit of depth, hence I feel there is a better way to classify “nerve” pain or “radiculopathy”. See my post here for more information pertaining to this topic, and the following articles that further delve into this type of approach:

Interrater reliability of a new classification system for patients with neural low back-related leg pain.

Classification of low back-related leg pain: do subgroups differ in disability and psychosocial factors?

Outcomes differ between subgroups of patients with low back and leg pain following neural manual therapy: a prospective cohort study.

Low back related leg pain: an investigation of construct validity of a new classification system.

The clinical utility of pain classification in non-specific arm pain.

I will summarise these myself at some point!

Thanks for reading.

About the Author:

Mark is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who consults at both Insight Physiotherapy and Pain Options, in Perth, Western Australia. He specialises in the assessment and management of persistent/chronic musculoskeletal pain. In addition to his clinical role he maintains regular involvement in education of the profession having held a Teaching Fellow position at the University of Western Australia for 10 years and regularly presenting at courses and seminars through the Australian Physiotherapy Association and private education sector. Mark is also a Facilitator for the Australian College of Physiotherapists Specialisation Training Program and a Branch Councillor on the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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