Understanding the pain sciences

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In episode eight, they reviewed the progress in the pain sciences and the complexness of pain with the physiotherapist and pain lecturer, Mike Stewart. It became clear it's really important for all of us to understand pain a lot better than we have in the past and doctors have to develop the expertise to proficiently communicate this to their patients. The chat concluded that pain is a personal experience. It is deemed an creation of the brain as a result of actual or perceived danger that has the objective of shielding us and getting us to modify our actions. Pain is contextual and it is influenced by many factors. Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist who functions as a Spinal Clinical Specialist for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. Mike works full-time as a clinician with over 15 years of experience managing complex, chronic pain problems. Furthermore, he is a committed practice-based lecturer dedicated to offering evidence-based education to a wide range of health professionals, including podiatrists. He is presently carrying out an MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Brighton in the UK. He teaches the Know Pain training all over the world.