In this episode, we talk about the complexity of pain with physiotherapist and pain educator, Mike Stewart. It is crucial for us to understand pain better than we have historically (and be able to effectively communicate this to our patients). We conclude that pain is a personal experience; an output of the brain in response to real or perceived danger with the goal of protecting us and getting us to modify our behaviour. It is contextual and influenced by numerous factors. Clearly, this has implications for our history taking, the language we use (or don’t use) and ultimately our management of MSK pathology.
About Mike Stewart:
Mike is a physiotherapist who works as a Spinal Clinical Specialist for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. He is a full-time clinician with over fifteen years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. Mike is currently undertaking an MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Brighton. Mike runs the Know Pain courses around the world. Both Craig and Ian have attended this course.