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Combined physical and psychological programmes plus alternative therapies for back pain
Published on July 30, 2015 39 min
A selection of talks on Clinical Practice
Behavioral medicine: what it is and what it does
- Dr. Gina Touch Mercer
- University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, USA
The history and foundations of medical research ethics
- Prof. Dr. Christian Lenk
- Ulm University, Germany
Hello. My name is Anna Hlavsova, and I'm a physiotherapist based in London. I've had the privilege of working with an amazing spinal consultant surgeon, which has given me great insight into the world of back pain. I have been involved in various interesting projects, and I would like to show some of that information with you today. This presentation will focus on combined physical and psychological programs for chronic back pain. And we will also explore some alternative therapies for back pain.
The plan for today's talk is to give you a brief introduction and explain the current health care model. I will outline the current recommendations, and the guidelines, and explain how combined physical and psychological programs fit into these. I will explain what these programs actually are. And I will talk about the evidence behind them, and some of the barriers to implementation. Then I will go on to describe a bit about the online programs. And then we will talk about the complementary and alternative medicine treatments such as, acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation, diet, and herbal medicine. I will summarize this presentation with a nice conclusion.
We all know that back pain is very common and that it affects the vast majority of people around the whole world irrespective of where they live. The biggest difference between the Western world and the developing countries is the concerning increase of the disability, chronicity, and costs associated with back pain in the Western world. So why despite the advancement of medicine and technology and treatments is chronic pain increasing? What do guidelines recommend for chronic, low back pain if technology and all of the medical treatments fail? What is the role of combined physical and psychological programs in treating chronic, low back pain? These are some of the questions I will answer in today's presentation.