Essential painscience reading for health professionals


I have been reading Paul Ingraham’s articles on his site (former called from early 2012, and he is one of the people who’s writing and his way of thinking that has influenced me the most.

In the field of pain science and rehabilitation he is a rare find, in that he is very well versed in current scientific literature, and he shares a huge amount of this knowledge and understanding of the literature for free, he also cites his sources, and most of his articles has a quite extensive amount of citations.

Since about two years ago, because of different circumstances and the fact that we have a lot of common colleagues, I have had a personal direct link to the wonders of Paul’s extensive knowledge of the literature, something that I am truly grateful for. Paul has always taken the time to answer my questions.

Paul’s books on patellofemoral pain syndrome, low back pain and iliotibial band syndrome are some of the best on the market.

Without further ado, here are my top 10 (sorry now like top 14)  of essential painscience reading for health professionals from

Pain is Weird

Pain science reveals a volatile, misleading sensation that is often more than just a symptom, and sometimes worse than whatever started it

Central Sensitization in Chronic Pain

Pain itself can change how pain works, resulting in more pain with less provocation

Bogus Citations

11 classic ways to self-servingly screw up references to science, like “the sneaky reach” or “the uncheckable”

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Five surprising and important facts about repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or iliotibial band syndrome

Your Back Is Not Out of Alignment

Debunking the obsession with alignment, posture, and other biomechanical bogeymen as major causes of pain

Palpatory Pareidolia

Sensory illusions, wishful thinking, and palpation pretension in massage and other touchy health care

Does Fascia Matter?

A detailed critical analysis of the clinical relevance of fascia science and fascia properties

Quite a Stretch

Stretching science shows that a stretching habit isn’t doing much of what people hope

Trigger Point Doubts

Is there really such a thing as a muscle “knot”?

Frozen Shoulder Guide

A readable self-help manual for one the strangest of all common musculoskeletal problems, adhesive capsulitis

Pseudo-quackery in Chronic Pain Care

A field with a large gray zone between overt quackery and evidence-based care for chronic pain and injury rehabilitation

Patellofemoral Pain and the Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO)

Can just one quarter of the quadriceps be the key to anterior knee pain?

And if you are interested in knee pain I would also read Paul’s article about Patellofemoral Tracking Syndrome and on runner’s knee diagnosis. His article about chiropractic controversies is also highly recommend.