A very interesting article came out just recently: “Effective treatment options for musculoskeletal pain in primary care: A systematic overview of current evidence.”1 (Check it out if you like. It’s free.) It attempts to give an overview of the effectiveness of all the various current treatments for neck, back, shoulder, knee, and multi-site pain. The conclusions may be surprising to you
It’s quite likely that your understanding of pain is based on the model first proposed by Rene Descartes over 300 years ago. In it a painful stimulus is detected by a special pain receptor and the stimulus is carried upon a nerve to the brain where you feel pain. Descartes described them as tubes that carried the “animal spirit.” We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot to learn.