Wednesday, September 21st
Specific Pain Conditions/Pain in Specific Populations
Motor Adaptation in the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain
This presentation will examine sensorimotor cortex plasticity in the transition from acute to chronic pain and consider how such plasticity relates to individual motor control adaptation and pain outcome. Unique data from the transitional phase of pain, based on investigations using both experimental pain models (repeated intramuscular injection of nerve growth factor) and patients will be discussed. In particular, data from the UPWaRD prospective longitudinal cohort study (n=120) of sensorimotor plasticity in low back pain will be presented. Individual differences in mechanistic variables and their role in low back pain outcome will be highlighted. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of preventative strategies and treatments (non-invasive brain stimulation, motor training, neural feedback) with potential to target sensorimotor plasticity and motor adaptation in pain.