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Take the Dorval Physio Pain Truth Test. Answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. The answers are listed at the very bottom.

1. Pain always means that there is something injured or damaged in the body … T/F

2. The brain produces pain only if there is actual injury to the body … T/F

3. Persistent pain always means that the injured tissues have not yet healed … T/F

4. Ignoring pain and quickly getting back to full activity is a good method of dealing with persistent pain … T/F

5. Pain is an alarm system that warns the body of actual or perceived danger … T/F

6. It is possible to feel pain and have no physical injury or damage to the body … T/F

7. All pain is “in the head” (… in the brain) … T/F

8. All pain is real; there is no such thing as imagined pain … T/F

9. Thoughts and fears can increase blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, muscle tension and spasms … T/F

10. Thoughts and fears can cause or increase swelling/inflammation … T/F

11. Just thoughts and fears can actually cause or increase pain … T/F

12. The vast majority of disc degenerative changes (arthritis) and disc bulges seen on X-rays and MRIs are normal and not associated with pain … T/F

13. Increased nerve hyperactivity may explain why sometimes pain persists even after injured tissues have healed … T/F

14. Emotional stresses such as depression, anxiety or anger can increase nerve hypersensitivity and contribute top persistent pain … T/F

15. The spinal cord and the brain can magnify pain as long as the brain believes the body is in danger … T/F

16. Reliance on passive treatments such as pills, massage, tingly machines, and adjustments may be OK in the short term, but not in the ling term … T/F

17. Understanding and truly accepting that pain does not always mean harm is the best way of very gradually returning to normal life … T/F

18. It is impossible to recover from persistent pain without a daily active exercise/movement program … T/F

19. It is possible to teach the brain to learn how to change pain perception, as the brain is always changing … T/F

20. To reverse pain from hypersensitive nerves, our body needs ample oxygen, water, fresh fruits, sleep, vitamin D (sun), joy and pleasure … T/F



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