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The Stanford Center for Back Pain invites you to learn more on Sunday September 13. (You can watch the event online by registering here.) It begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
“While medication can be one helpful component of care, the best way to treat back pain is with a comprehensive approach that involves self-management strategies, movement therapies, behavioral and psychological therapies,” said Beth Darnall, PhD who is one of the event co-chairs.
Topics that will be covered include pain psychology, physical therapy, acupuncture and the connection between sleep and back pain.
At Back Pain Day Stanford pain leaders are showcasing non-pharmacological treatment strategies, to help people understand how a gold-standard, comprehensive treatment plan looks. They will be highlighting evidenced based and novel treatment strategies, some of which pain leaders are studying at Stanford in their current back pain treatment research studies.
“It is to everyone’s advantage to optimize non-pharmacologic management strategies, particularly in the context of back pain,” Dr. Darnall said. “In doing so, people can learn to self-manage their symptoms with confidence, and with as little medication as possible. The ultimate goal is to get people back to engaging in life in ways that are meaningful to them.”
There has been increasing global and national attention to chronic pain in terms of its impacts and costs to society. In the United States alone, 100 million suffer from pain on a regular basis, and that is associated with costs of $635 billion dollars annually, including direct treatment costs and loss of productivity. The number one pain condition in the US and in the world is back pain.
“What we also know is that the incidence and prevalence of chronic pain has been increasing, despite the fact that theoretically, we have better treatments. While we have a multitude of treatments available, globally, we haven’t been focusing on back pain as comprehensively as we really should,” Dr. Darnall added.
This event is sponsored by the Stanford Center for Back Pain, the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine, the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL), and Stanford Health Care.