Research Illuminates the Referred Pain Connection to Primary Pain

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa offers new insights into the association between primary and referred pain. The investigators confirmed an existing theory that a threshold level of primary pain is necessary to induce referred pain and found further that there is a progressive relationship between referred pain and the intensity of primary pain.

Commenting on the study, PAINWeek past faculty member Marie Hoeger Bement, MPT, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy at Marquette University, noted that the results highlight the importance of managing primary pain. “To me, this study indicates that you need good primary pain management as a way to treat—or pre-empt—referred pain. It really highlights the importance of management and prevention.” The findings were reported at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society.

Read more about the study here.

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