By Ed Coghlan
If you suffer from back pain, you aren’t alone (even yours truly has been fighting it for the better part of four decades and it’s been particularly cranky in the last year.)
Stanford University Pain Medicine folks are holding a Back Pain Day this Sunday (Sept. 11, 2016) to give information to those of us who suffer from it and some ideas on how to handle it.
You can view it online here. It starts at 10 am Pacific time. If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, the event is already “sold out”, so it’s probably best to view it online as well.
The co-chairs are two well-known leaders in pain treatment, Stanford Pain Department chair Dr. Sean Mackey and pain psychologist Dr. Beth Darnall.
A series of talks by Stanford healthcare experts are scheduled and they cover the broad spectrum of pain. The goal is simple—to reduce the impact of back pain.
Here are the topics that they are going to cover.
- Pain as a Team Sport – the importance of interdisciplinary care
- Pain Psychology – Harnessing the power of your thoughts for pain relief
- Nutrition for back pain
- Pain and the Brain
- The global (and national) problem of back pain
- Tai Chi and Yoga for back pain
- Movement as Medicine
- The link between sleep and pain
- Medication safety
- Social dimensions of pain
- Spinal cord stimulation
Last year’s event drew 300 people. This year, already 600 have registered. Back pain is the most common type of chronic pain. It is the single leading cause of disability in the world. More than 26 million Americans suffer from it. Last year, in America we spent $50 billion to treat it.
Tune in to the event on Sunday, and see what help you can glean from it and then let us know.
Last year’s event really started me thinking about trying some unconventional ways to address my own back pain, many of which have been fruitful in my battle to stay upright and active.