Tune in to Stanford’s Back Pain Day Sunday

By Ed Coghlan


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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.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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Kathleene Jara

I suffer with scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. Unfortunately, I also suffer with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease, Sjogrens Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes 2, and Pulmonary fibrosis secondary to RA. It is great that you are having this discussion however many of my fellow RA sufferers are also suffering from back issues that are secondary to autoimmune disease as well as overuse syndrome, injury and other issues. If you can, will you add this issue because many practitioners do not have any insight into the unique issues of autoimmune disease.


THANK YOU for getting the word out about this! I’ve got a torn disc, degenerative disc pain and cervical spondylosis. I’ll have to let my mother know about this, too. She’s had two back surgeries and her last surgery is now being called a “failed back surgery.” 🙁

And I’m so glad to be able to watch this. Usually webcasts are during my working hours.