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 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.

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.

“Pain” physiotherapy input crosses over all areas of physiotherapy, whether it be a patient with chronic low back pain; a stroke patient suffering with neuropathic pain; a woman suffering from pelvic pain resulting from childbirth or surgical procedures; a burns patient; a hands patient with CRPS; or children.  The list is endless.  At some point in their life most patients will have an encounter with pain which provides an unpleasant experience for them and all of these people can benefit from well trained “pain” physio input.

“Pain” physiotherapy is not just about educating the person with chronic lower back pain about “Explain Pain”. “Pain” physiotherapy is about having an up to date understanding about the neurophysiology of pain so as to supplement all other physiotherapy modalities with good quality patient education, enhancing the efficacy of what we all are doing on a daily basis.