Robert T. M. van Dongen

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"Pain exposure" physical therapy (PEPT) is a new treatment for patients with complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1) that consists of a progressive-loading exercise program and management of pain-avoidance behavior without the use of specific CRPS-1 medication or analgesics. The aim of this study was to investigate primarily whether PEPT could be(More)
BACKGROUND Painful diabetic polyneuropathy (PDP) is associated with high pain scores and is difficult to treat. Therefore, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been suggested as second-line treatment. In this study, the feasibility and efficacy of SCS in PDP were investigated, as well as the predictive value of clinical sensory testing for the treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if treatment of longstanding complex regional pain syndrome type 1, focusing on functional improvement only while neglecting pain, results in clinical improvement of this syndrome. DESIGN Prospective description of a case series of 106 patients. SETTING Outpatient clinic for rehabilitation. INTERVENTIONS Physical therapy of the(More)
BACKGROUND Pain Exposure Physical Therapy is a new treatment option for patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type 1. It has been evaluated in retrospective as well as in prospective studies and proven to be safe and possibly effective. This indicates that Pain Exposure Physical Therapy is now ready for clinical evaluation. The results of an earlier(More)
A retrospective analysis of 51 patients with cancer pain treated with a continuous i.t. morphine infusion through a tunnelled percutaneous catheter was undertaken. Because of insufficient pain relief with morphine only, 17 of these patients received a morphine/bupivacaine mixture. Pain relief subsequently improved significantly in 10 patients and a moderate(More)
Adequate pain relief in patients with far advanced cancer sometimes requires intrathecal (IT) administration of a combination of opioids and local anesthetics. Tumor progression as well as the IT administration of local anesthetics can lead to neurologic dysfunction during treatment. Five patients showed symptoms of compression of the cauda equina or spinal(More)
OBJECTIVE Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN) is a common complication of diabetes mellitus. Unfortunately, pharmacological treatment is often partially effective or accompanied by unacceptable side effects, and new treatments are urgently needed. Small observational studies suggested that spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may have positive effects.(More)
The results obtained by percutaneous cervical cordotomy (PCC) were analysed in 43 terminally ill cancer patients treated in our institution from 1998 to 2001. We wished to determine whether there is still a place for PCC in the actual clinical situation with its wide choice of pain therapies. All patients had severe unilateral pain due to cancer, resistant(More)
OBJECTIVE To improve the technique of placement of large plate electrodes for spinal cord stimulation with a minimally invasive approach using the METRx tubular retractor system (Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Minneapolis, MN). This dilating system splits the paravertebral musculature, avoiding the need to strip these muscles from the spine. The technique(More)