Ask the Experts: Myofascial pain management: diagnosis, treatment options and challenges

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Abstract

Cesar Fernández-de-las-Peñas completed his Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy in 2000, in Spain. He obtained his first PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2007, under the supervision of Dr Lars Arendt-Nielsen at the Sensory-Motor Interaction Center at the University of Aalborg (Denmark). In 2008, he obtained his second PhD degree in Preventive Medicine, under the supervision of Drs Pareja and Cuadrado in Spain. He is the Head of the Division of the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain. He is also the group leader of the Pain Research Group at the same University. The research activities of his group are concentrated on neurosciences and assessment and management of pain. He has been invited as a Speaker to give lectures in more than 50 international and worldwide meetings with their related published abstracts/proceedings. He has published 170 publications in Journal Citation Reports’ indexed journals, being the first author of approximately 100 in the top-ten journals of specialties such as Rehabilitation, Clinical Neurology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine or Anesthesiology. Most of his published articles concentrate on human pain research and the interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of the articles are focused on neck pain, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylalgia, whiplash, breast cancer and neurophysiological effects of physical therapy. He has also published several chapters of textbooks and is the editor of five textbooks.

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