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The PMPG is a special interest group of the South African Society of Physiotherapists. The group was formed at the end of 2009 to provide a forum for people who have an interest in pain. As pain is common to many different areas, it means that it will be a very diverse group of people who are likely to be part of this initiative. There are many problems that have been identified in the management of pain both at the acute and chronic levels and our hope is that this forum will become a space for the sharing of experiences, the study of evidence-based pain interventions and process and for help in the application of new skills into clinical practice.



The three "Neuropathic Pain" Fact Sheets and MCQ's are available to all PMPG members (3 CPD points each). If you haven't received your login details please contact Debbie on 083 443 1111.




PE Pain Academy 2016

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The Happiness Trap

There are 50 copies of The Happiness Trap that are currently being distributed to libraries accross SA! Thank you to the members always so willing to help with this project.

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Pain Course Schedule 2016

The Certificate in Pain Management course dates for 2016 are available at the below link:


Course Calendar 2016


Body in Mind

Research into the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain
  • Body in Mind In the recent years, Shared Decision Making (SDM) has been increasingly advocated as an ideal model of treatment decision-making during the medical encounter, as it has been shown to increase benefits for both clinicians and the health-care system (1).  But does SDM result in better outcomes for patients with painful musculoskeletal conditions?  In this article, […] The post The false promises of shared decision making in rehabilitation appeared first on Body in Mind.

  • Body in Mind Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability [5] including lost work days (LWDs) and early retirement [3; 4]. Among the work-related disability domains, LWDs are particularly important because they increase the economic burden of pain for the individual, family and society.  A number of factors such as overall work demands, working on […] The post What pain-related factors are associated with lost work days in nurses? appeared first on Body in Mind.

  • Body in Mind Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions health care professionals encounter. Unfortunately, despite ever increasing costs in regards to clinical management, the results remain underwhelming[1,2] giving CLBP an enigmatic nature. As a masters student I am interested in understanding how the neuromodulatory mechanisms can be targeted in chronic pain […] The post Could Virtual Reality Dodgeball motivate fear-avoidant CLBP patients to move? Implications for future treatment. appeared first on Body in Mind.

  • Body in Mind Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are common and costly, resulting in significant personal, social and economic burden (here and here) [1, 2]. While physiotherapists deliver many interventions (e.g. massage, spinal manipulation, dry needling, etc.), exercise is probably the most commonly used and researched component of physiotherapy, with many RCTs showing some benefits for pain and function (here, […] The post One-to-one or strength in numbers – is there a best way to deliver exercise based physiotherapy? appeared first on Body in Mind.

  • Body in Mind Ask yourself for details in your latest dreams and you will recognize how hard it is to recall your own dream content in a precise and valid manner. In William Shakespeare’s world-renowned tragedy ‘Hamlet’, the protagonist says ‘a dream itself is but a shadow’, emphasizing the transience of this cognitive phenomenon. As such, dreams hardly […] The post The phantoms in our dreams appeared first on Body in Mind.

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