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Reconceptualising pain according to modern pain science

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Tags: chronic pain, pro, deep, pain problems

Four articles on PainSci cite Moseley 2007: 1. Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis2. Pain is Weird3. Sensitization in Chronic Pain4. Mind Over Pain

PainSci notes on Moseley 2007:

A detailed and scholarly primer on modern pain science, and yet still fairly accessible compared to, say, a neurology textbook. This article is ideal for professionals looking for an introduction to the topic. Patients should read a more plain language summary, like my article, Pain is Weird.

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

This paper argues that the biology of pain is never really straightforward, even when it appears to be. It is proposed that understanding what is currently known about the biology of pain requires a reconceptualisation of what pain actually is, and how it serves our livelihood. There are four key points: (i) that pain does not provide a measure of the state of the tissues; (ii) that pain is modulated by many factors from across somatic, psychological and social domains; (iii) that the relationship between pain and the state of the tissues becomes less predictable as pain persists; and (iv) that pain can be conceptualised as a conscious correlate of the implicit perception that tissue is in danger. These issues raise conceptual and clinical implications, which are discussed with particular relevance to persistent pain. Finally, this conceptualisation is used as a framework for one approach to understanding complex regional pain syndrome.

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