Omer Elma

Omer Elma
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy (KINE)

Master of Science

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The link between nutrition, diet, dietary behavior and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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In everyday clinical practice, healthcare professionals often meet chronic pain patients with a poor nutritional status. A poor nutritional status such as malnutrition, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and a suboptimal dietary intake can play a significant role in the occurrence, development , and prognosis of chronic pain. The relationship between nut...
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Evidence for the relationship between chronic pain and nutrition is mounting, and chronic pain following cancer is gaining recognition as a significant area for improving health care in the cancer survivorship population. This review explains why nutrition should be considered to be an important component in chronic pain management in cancer surviv...
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: Physical therapists have unique education in the comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of chronic pain and its mechanisms. Recently, physical therapists have raised awareness regarding the impact of nutrition on promoting health and managing noncommunicable diseases. Robust evidence supports the implementation of nutrition in ph...
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Amongst adults with chronic pain, overweight and obesity are highly prevalent. The association between chronic pain and overweight is driven by several explanations, including increased biomechanical load, changes in the gut microbiome, and low-grade (neuro)inflammation. Moreover, the link between overweight, obesity and chronic pain can best be co...
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Background: Chronic pain is one of the most often seen, but often undertreated, sequelae in survivors of cancer. Also, this population often shows significant nutritional deficiencies, which can affect quality of life, general health status, and even risk of relapse. Given the influence of nutrition on brain plasticity and function, which in turn...
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Background: Although diet is an essential aspect of human health, the link between diet and pain is still not well understood. Preclinical animal research provides information to understand underlying mechanisms that allow identifying the needs for human research. Objectives: This study aims to give a systematic overview of the current evidence fro...
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Introduction: Few treatment programs for chronic pain nowadays take dietary pattern or adipose status into account. Areas covered: An important role of neuro-inflammation in chronic pain is now well-established, at least in part due to increased central nervous system glia activation. Based on preclinical studies, it is postulated that the interact...
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Background Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The therapeutic management of patients with chronic LBP is challenging. Objectives The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of heat and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) combined on pain relief in participants with chronic LBP. Methods Fifty part...
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Editor—In a previous editorial, which focused on the importance of the link between nutritional neurobiology and central sensitisation in patients with chronic pain,1 we proposed a diet-induced neuroinflammation model as a possible mechanism of chronic pain. It is essential to understand the role of nutritional factors such as diet and dietary patt...
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Dietary patterns may play an important role in musculoskeletal well-being. However, the link between dietary patterns, the components of patients' diet, and chronic musculoskeletal pain remains unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to systematically review the literature on the link between dietary patterns, the components of patients'...
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Nutrition is one of the most important lifestyle factors related to chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, poor diet is also considered a predicting, perpetuating, or underlying factor in chronic musculoskeletal pain. This narrative review provides an overview of current knowledge on the relationship b...
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Chronic pain has a tremendous personal and socioeconomic impact and remains difficult to treat. Therefore, it seems important to provide an update on the current understanding regarding lifestyle factors in people with chronic pain across the lifespan, and explaining that clinicians should address various lifestyle factors concomitantly into an ind...

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Investigate the possible link between nutritional aspects and pain.
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This was an experimental study with a cross-over design. 23 patients with CLBP will be tested for movement-evoked pain (MEP) relief in 2 conditions: during active TENS  and without it.   Primary outcome: MEP was measured using the Back Performance Scale and a 5 minute walk test (5MWT).