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Does pain change the brain?

17th January 2013

Smudging the motor brain in young adults with recurrent low back pain.

ISSLS prize winner

Tsao H, Danneels LA, Hodges PW.

Spine 2011 Oct 1;36(21):1721-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31821c4267.


Details first published on Kineticcontrol blog


This research paper demonstrates that low back pain is associated with a loss of discrete cortical organization of the back muscles. Increased overlap in the motor cortical representation of Deep Multifidus and Longissimus Erector Spinae may explain motor control changes noted in people with low back pain. Helps to explain why it is difficult to retrain the motor control impairment in people with low back pain.

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