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Timothy Wideman, "When more activity means more pain: Exploring the clinical and theoretical importance of sensitivity to physical activity" [PATH Seminar]

Event

Timothy Wideman, PhD
Assistant Professor,
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy,
McGill University

"When more activity means more pain: Exploring the clinical and theoretical importance of sensitivity to physical activity"

Mar 31 | 9:00am-10:00am

Adriano Tassone Teaching Laboratory,
Currie Memorial Gymnasium,
475 Pine Avenue West,
Room 304

ABSTRACT
Re-engaging in physical activity is a central part of rehabilitating from musculoskeletal pain conditions. However, many patients with these conditions respond to increases in physical activity with increased levels of pain. Recently developed measures of sensitivity to physical activity help capture this response by evaluating changes in pain following brief physical tasks, such as walking or lifting. Our past research has shown that patients with higher levels of sensitivity to physical activity have decreased tolerance for physical activity, more severe pain symptoms and increased disability. This presentation will review recent and ongoing research that explores the role of sensitivity to physical activity as a barrier to recovery following pain rehabilitation and will discuss clinical and theoretical implications.

BIOSKETCH
Dr. Wideman is an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and a licensed physical therapist. Dr. Wideman’s research explores the biopsychosocial determinants of pain-related disability as well as clinical interventions that target these factors. His research has been published in the leading scientific journals and international conferences within the fields of pain and rehabilitation.