Chronic Pain Congress 2022

Giacomo Rossettini

Dr Giacomo Rossettini is a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist, lecturer and researcher from Italy.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy (2008), a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders (2010) and a Master’s degree in Science Rehabilitation (2014). He competed his PhD’ degree in Neuroscience in 2018 and has been working as a physiotherapist.

Since 2009 he is specialised in Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders. He is a lecturer of Methodology and Clinical Practice of the Cervical Spine in the Master’s program of Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders at Roma University – La Sapienza. He also lectures at Verona University: Bachelor’s program of Manual Therapy in Physiotherapy and Master's program in Rehabilitation Sciences of the Health Professions.

Dr Giacomo Rossettini is author of multiple publications in scientific journals in the physiotherapy and rehabilitation field; he has over 50 speeches performed at universities, conventions, national and international conferences.

His didactic, clinical and scientific interests concern the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with special emphasis on placebo, nocebo effects and contextual factors. 

Main publications on the topic:

  • Rossettini G, Colombi A, Carlino E, Manoni M, Mirandola M, Polli A, Camerone EM, Testa M. Unraveling Negative Expectations and Nocebo-Related Effects in Musculoskeletal Pain. Front Psychol. 2022 Mar 16;13:789377. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.789377.
  • Rossettini G, Camerone EM, Carlino E, Benedetti F, Testa M. Context matters: the psychoneurobiological determinants of placebo, nocebo and context-related effects in physiotherapy. Arch Physiother. 2020 Jun 11;10:11. doi: 10.1186/s40945-020-00082-y.
  • Turolla A, Rossettini G, Viceconti A, Palese A, Geri T. Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Is Telerehabilitation the Answer? Phys Ther. 2020 Aug 12;100(8):1260-1264. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa093
  • Rossettini G, Latini TM, Palese A, Jack SM, Ristori D, Gonzatto S, Testa M. Determinants of patient satisfaction in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy: a systematic, qualitative meta-summary, and meta-synthesis. Disabil Rehabil. 2020 Feb;42(4):460-472. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1501102
  • Geri T, Viceconti A, Minacci M, Testa M, Rossettini G. Manual therapy: Exploiting the role of human touch. Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2019 Dec;44:102044. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.07.008.
  • Rossettini G, Carlino E, Testa M. Clinical relevance of contextual factors as triggers of placebo and nocebo effects in musculoskeletal pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Jan 22;19(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12891-018-1943-8
  • Rossettini G, Testa M. Manual therapy RCTs: should we control placebo in placebo control? Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Jun;54(3):500-501. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.05024-9
  • Testa M, Rossettini G. Enhance placebo, avoid nocebo: How contextual factors affect physiotherapy outcomes. Man Ther. 2016 Aug;24:65-74. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2016.04.006


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