It is fairly obvious that I am keen on spreading the 'pain science' message as a basic, safe and relatively easy measure to alter persistent pain from musculoskeletal conditions (that simply don't merit these outcomes in the big majority of cases).
I am also a keen cyclist ie: MAMIL - 'middle aged man in lycra'. Sorry, I know that is not a pleasant image.
I now have the opportunity to combine the two as I have enlisted for the PAIN REVOLUTION ride from Melbourne to Adelaide 02-09 April 2017.
Most revolutions have a diplomatic corps section and a militant wing. I will leave it up to you to consider which of these is the one to which I am most suited.
I will use this page to upload updates and photos during the ride. Wish me luck!
The following is copied from my fund raising page:
Persistent pain is a massive problem. Although it is the most common reason people seek medical help, it is one of the most misunderstood areas in healthcare. One in five Australians (including children and adolescents) experience pain that lasts more than 3 months, and sometimes for many years / forever. I am a sports and exercise medicine physician who has worked with elite athletes, weekend warriors and everyday people just experiencing pain. I have also been a medical advisor with TAC and Worksafe Victoria for close to 20 years. There is no doubt in my mind that it is the context of a pain event that influences the overall outcome far more than the injury itself. Thankfully I discovered the best explanation for this in pain science including the wonderful work coming out of the University of SA. The part that I am most interested is the context introduced by well meaning health practitioners who don't have a grasp on pain science yet and still think (like I used to!) that pain is something you see on a scan that can be reliably 'fixed'. There is serious need for model of care change based on this science if we are to alter the sad trajectory of persistent pain from musculoskeletal problems in our society over recent decades. Understanding pain properly is fundamental to this process.
What am I doing about it? Well, apart from presenting and publishing (including my website - www.painliteracy.com.au) and generally annoying people around me with this 'inconvenient truth' information, I have joined the Pain Revolution ride. I will be cycling 870 km from Melbourne to Adelaide with other health professionals passionate about reducing persistent pain in our community. In the process we hope to raise awareness, share what we already know about persistent pain to rural communities along the way, and meet people who will share their pain stories.
What can you do about it?
Help me raise $3000 going directly to fund vital research into persistent pain.
I'm inspired by the work of Pain Revolution - University of South Australia and want to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Pain Revolution ... The more people that know about Pain Revolution - University of South Australia , the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
To find out more, go to http://painrevolution.org and follow me on Strava to make sure I'm putting in the kilometres and suffering appropriately."
Trying to fit adequate training into a busy week is not easy.
I normally ride about 150 or so kms a week with my regular riding group.It is called the Brown Cow group as we are aligned and sponsored by the excellent Brown Cow cafe in Hampton Street which is run by an excellent person and friend named Julian Rowell. I may add that Julian has seen me for doctoring help and is a great example of how body structure damage is not accurately linked to pain and pain related disability. And yet, try to keep up with him on a bike!
Here is the leaderboard on a typical week showing the hard work of the revolutionary team:
Recently as part of this training I went with some others to Bright (Northern Victoria in the foothills of the high country) for a weekend and rode somehills in the region. Here are some of the highlights:
More training -
One week,I did my biggest week ever in terms of kilometers covered and on the Sunday I did my longest ride (went on so long that I felt like Forrest Gump running; hence the title):
Ballarat to Lorne