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For Chartered Physiotherapists and other practitioners involved in the treatment of patients with acute or chronic pain.

The Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA) was formed to bring together and provide information for Physiotherapists with the common interest of managing patients with both acute and long term pain.



PPA AGM/Study day 2006

You can now apply to attend the forthcoming PPA AGM and study day. The day focuses on pain in children and pain in older people: Differences and similarities. It is being held in Oxford and there will be a wide range of speakers including Elizabeth Bruce, Chris Eccleston, Beatrice Sofaer and Amanda C de Williams. See courses for further details and to download an application form.



Topical Issues in Pain 5

Topical Issues in Pain 5Topical Issues in Pain 5 – ‘Bumper’ 398 page edition, just released.
£28.50 delivered in the UK. £25.00 for PPA Members (when purchased via members section link).



Elections for PPA executive committee

The deadline for nominations is the 10th of February. Download a nomination form here.


Outcome measures for LBP: Updated PPA Recommendations

At the time of writing this, the second edition of the PPA’s Recommendations on Low Back Pain-related Functional Limitation Outcome Measures are going through final ratification by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and are now accessible via the PPA and CSP website. more…


E-Learning course will help health professionals manage pain

The University of Edinburgh is offering a new post-graduate programme, delivered on-line, for those involved with the management of pain. Health professionals from around the world will benefit from the new distance-learning degree course, which will allow them to achieve continuing professional development qualifications. more…


The CFS/ME Therapists Network

As a PPA member, do you also see people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME? If so, you may be interested to network with other Physiotherapists and a wider, multidisciplinary group. more…


Questionnaire: Have your say on future PPA education

In order to optimise the benefits of PPA courses and study days we are asking PPA members and other interested health professionals to identify the topics which would be of most value. A short anonymous electronic questionnaire has been developed for this purpose. more…

We also want to establish the needs of different regions of the UK so have asked you to indicate your postcode or region (for UK), or country (if not UK).


Congress speakers presentations and articles available

Some of the presenters who spoke on behalf of the PPA at this years CSP Congress (2004) have very kindly agreed to provide us with their presentations or relevant articles. more…


New: ‘Book Review Section’

For the first time you can now browse through the ‘Book Review Section’ of the website. This area of the website has a wealth of book reviews and other resources relating to pain relief and pain management. Most of these reviews have been published in the PPA News, and are archived here for easy access for members. Any special deals available for PPA members will be highlighted below each review. more…


PPA members: could you offer Physiotherapy to private patients? See the Members Section for new opportunities for Biopsychosocial Assessment and Management.




Topical Issues in Pain 4


Topical Issues in Pain 4: Placebo and nocebo. Pain management. Muscles and pain. (3K)

Topical Issues in Pain 4

‘Breathtaking information at a breathtaking pace! Hard to put down!’ Published November 2002


Topical Issues in Pain 3


Topical Issues in Pain 3: Sympathetic nervous system and pain. Pain management. Clinical Effectiveness. (4K)

Topical Issues in Pain 3

‘The sympathetic nervous system and more ­ from start to finish ­ all every clinician and student will ever need and a vital resource for all.’ Published October 2002


Topical Issues in Pain 2


Topical Issues in Pain 2: Biopsychosocial Assessment and Management. Relationships and Pain (4K)

Topical Issues in Pain 2

‘The volume is not only a superb achievement for which Gifford in particular is to be congratulated but it puts the PPA at the forefront of professional development. It was a particular privilege and pleasure to be asked to review this publication.’


Topical Issues in Pain 1


Topical Issues in Pain 1: Whiplash: Science and Management. Fear Avoidance Beliefs and Behaviour (4K)

Topical Issues in Pain 1

Now on it’s third reprint. The demand for this "milestone" book has been astonishing. If you don’t have a copy, or if your old copy is worn out – you can now order another!


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