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Classification Criteria for Central Sensitization Pain in Clinical Practice: we’re not there yet, but this is a first important step…

Most clinicians nowadays are aware of the possibility that pain can be either nociceptive or neuropathic in nature. Because the neuropathic pain criteria specify that a lesion or disease of the nervous system is identifiable and that pain is limited to a ‘neuroanatomically plausible’ distribution, they preclude the use of the term ‘neuropathic pain’ for people with widespread pain and nervous system sensitization i.e. central sensitization pain. This called for criteria defining central sensitization pain, or rather differentiating central sensitization pain from neuropathic and nociceptive pain.

Therefore, a body of evidence from original research papers was used by 18 pain experts from seven different countries, including many Pain in Motion researchers/clinicians, to design the first classification criteria for central sensitization pain. They propose for the first time a set of classification criteria for central sensitization pain as an entity relatively distinct from other mechanisms-based classifications of pain such as neuropathic and nociceptive pain.

Further reading and free access to the full-text paper (PDF):;17;447-457.pdf

Jo Nijs

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