Patient expectations and the clinician’s test interpretation

How do the patient's expectations and beliefs influence pain perception during a clinical diagnostic test?

Pain perception differs between patients who believe they have "muscle pain" and patients who believe they suffer from "nerve pain". Across five positions of the ULNT1, pain intensity and size of the painful area increased in with increased stretching positions in patients who believe they have "nerve pain". Patients who think they suffer from "muscle pain" do not experience changes as the stretch progresses.


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