New Developments in the Understanding and Management of Persistent Pain

Herta Flor PhD

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Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2012;25(2):109-113. 

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Body Image, Body Perception and Chronic Pain

Changes in sensory and affective brain regions are also associated with alterations in the perception of the body and perceptual acuity. Neuropathic pain syndromes such as complex regional pain syndrome or phantom limb pain are accompanied by deterioration of tactile acuity and disturbances of the body image.[21] This was also observed in musculoskeletal pain[22] and is also reflected in altered and maladaptive central representations of muscles in the affected body part.[23••]

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