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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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New Way to Manage Back Pain

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Monday, 29 August 2022 12:06 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

In 2018, Amy Schumer started physical therapy for excruciating back pain. In about seven months, despite her herniated and bulging discs, she had a new attitude about her pain and her body, and the pain subsided.

It turns out her solution was in line with a new approach to managing back pain that looks at it as a modifiable problem of the nervous system, rather than a disc, bone, or muscle problem.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia say that chronic back pain leads to a hypersensitive pain system and imprecise communication between the back and brain.

Fix the nervous system problems, and you can ease the pain significantly.

Their treatment approach is based on sensorimotor training (ST). The study, published in JAMA Network, put half its participants through a 12-week ST course. The training changed people’s thinking about how their body experiences pain, altered how they process sensory information from their back, and let them learn new ways of moving their back during activities.

Not only did the pain ease or go away, but a year later many were still experiencing less pain than before doing ST.

Chronic back pain plagues 16 million American adults, causing psychological distress and physical weakness. The researchers hope physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and other clinicians will be trained in ST in the next six to nine months.

Talk to your back doctor about this new approach, and be on the lookout for an ST practitioner.

© King Features Syndicate


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Researchers say that chronic back pain leads to a hypersensitive pain system and imprecise communication between the back and brain.
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