Informed pain management for LBP

This week we are looking at an article review covering a brilliant paper that has recently been published out of Hong Kong. I have been waiting for a paper like this for some time now, that looks systematically at all the literature behind the current approach to pain management education we are encouraged to provide to our patients about lower back pain.

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The Tetris effect

This case presentation describes two areas of treating elbows that look beyond traditionally used exercises and manual therapy. The first is the freedom of combined active movements and the second is what I call the Tetris effect. Both of these components were pivotal in this patient's recovery from acute lateral epicondylalgia.

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Sleep More, Hurt Less

This week we are excited to welcome guest writer and soon-to-be Physical Therapist Sara Suddes to Rayner & Smale. I met Sara while teaching at UCSF and was excited to hear about the topic for her final-year evidence based practice presentation. Before transferring in PT school, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter. Sara has spent many months researching the bidirectional relationship between sleep and pain and has put her brilliant writing skills to use to share with us her thoughts about sleep and pain.

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Graded Motor Imagery

Graded motor imagery is a key treatment approach for patient with chronic pain conditions. It is a biopsychosocial approach that address all aspects of how a person lives with their pain. GMI uses motor imagery to retrain movement neurotags without activating pain neurotags and follows a suggest graded pathway from left/right discrimination through to mirror therapy. 

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