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Katherine Rudolph



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The perception of pain in patient populations can arise from tissue damage but when pain persists past the point of tissue healing it is thought to relate to abnormal pain processing in the CNS such as persistent central sensitization. Studies have shown that persistent central sensitization occurs in about 1/3 of people with chronic pain from knee OA and this abnormal pain processing can affect motor output and motor adaptation. It is unclear whether individuals with OA and persistent sensitization are predisposed to heightened pain perception or whether they develop heightened pain as a result of the chronic pain from OA. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of heightened pain sensitivity on motor output and motor adaptation. We designed this study to determine the relationships between central sensitization (temporal summation and conditioned pain modulation) and motor output and adaptations that are measured by the “broken escalator phenomenon”. This poster outlines the preliminary work associated with the design of this study.

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Physical Therapy

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The research paper for this poster can be found here: http://dune.une.edu/pt_studrrpaper/2/

The Relationship Between Pain Sensitivity And Motor Adaptations



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