Sensitization Mechanisms In Headache: Can We Assess Them In The Clinic?
Central sensitization (CS) is recognized as one of the main mechanisms responsible for the transition into chronic forms of headache including migraine. Therefore, assessment for the presence of CS is important for clinicians, because it is recognised that the therapeutic approach is different for the patient with signs of CS. Matteo will address the importance of CS mechanisms in primary headache, and how to recognize these patients in the clinical setting.
Dr Matteo Castaldo graduated with a BSc Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Parma, in 2007 and his PhD from Dept. of Health Science and Technology, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark in 2017.
Matteo has published 34 peer reviewed papers and has presented at numerous conferences in Italy and Denmark.
Currently he is completing a MSc Degree in Applied Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Milan whilst involved in post-doctoral research at Aalborg University. Matteo’s research interests include Headache, tension-type headache, migraine, central sensitization, quantitative sensory testing (QST), pain, and whiplash-associated disorders.
Dr Castaldo remains an active clinician at his private clinic in Parma, whilst continuing as a Lecturer, teaching courses on the management of headache disorders and musculoskeletal dysfunction at the University of Siena, the University of Parma (this also involves ongoing thesis supervision of PhD, Masters and Bachelor students), and more than 50 continuing education courses for physiotherapists and medical doctors for various Italian organizations.