10 recommended books about modern science-based pain rehabilitation


I often get a lot of questions about how to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation. Many participants in my course or lectures, as well as readers of my articles, often have questions about how to learn more, and of what books I recommend to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation, clinical reasoning and Neuroscientific Painmodulation.

Here you will find the books on science-based pain rehabilitation, that I recommend. The books are listed by complexity, and with a planned and intended progression, as well as a multidimensional focus. Therefore, I recommend starting to read number one on the list, then number two, and after that, it continues to work down the list.

But before you start reading these books, I would recommend reading some books on critical thinking first. Here I would particularly recommend Dr. Novella’s course called “Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills,” Being Logical by McInerny, and The Art of Thinking Clearly by Dobelli.

I also think it’s important to have a solid foundation before reading these complicated materials and textbooks. I recommend the following books on science-based pain rehabilitation and clinical reasoning:

1. Changing For Good by Dr. Prochaska, PhD

2. The Back Pain Revolution, 2nd Edition By Prof. Waddell

3. Motivational Interviewing in Health Care by Dr. Miller, PhD & Dr. Rollnick, PhD

4. Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions by Prof. Higgs and others

5. The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine by Prof. Howick, PhD

6. Explain Pain Supercharged by Prof. Moseley and Dr. Butler

7. Pain a textbook for health professionals, 2th edition. by Dr. Hubert van Griensven, PhD and others

8. Fordyce’s Behavioral Methods for Chronic Pain and Illness by Dr. Vlaeyen, PhD and others

9. Pain: Psychological Perspectives by Dr. Hadjistavropoulos, PhD and others

10. Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 6th edition by Dr. Tracey, PhD and Dr. Turk, PhD

The books and textbooks listed above can serve as a solid and comprehensive introduction into modern science-based pain rehabilitation.