Back Pain

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Pain can entirely change our lives. Ongoing pain problems can lead to disabilities like not being able to work, drive, or even maintain a home.   Pain in a dominant hand or arm can make it difficult to button a shirt, comb hair, or carry groceries.   Low back pain can make it hard to sit, stand, bend, tie shoelaces, or just about anything else you can imagine.  
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Pain that starts in one place doesn’t necessarily stay there. Over time, pain can spread, shift, expand, or radiate, from one part of the body to another, making treatment even more challenging.  
“Is there hope?” is a question I hear often. One of my patients struggling with a low back injury recently mentioned that doctors keep telling her that there is no hope. The look on her face told me how upsetting this was for her, and she asked me, “What do you think?”   Before I tell you my answer, I first want to be clear about why both the question and the answer matter.  
Mark Johnson Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Mark Johnson has a Ph.D in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas, and completed medical psychology rotations at Duke University Medical Center. His specialties include chronic pain, sleep, and co-occurring mood disorders. Dr. Johnson has been with the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center since 2014. This presentation is part of a broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole...
Michael Sullivan, PT, MSPT is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Mr. Sullivan's lecture deals with one of the many issues that people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome struggle with--that movement is painful, to the point where individuals with CRPS don't feel they have the choice to be active. The lecture also talks about neuroplasticity, graded motor imagery, mirror box therapy, and virtual...
Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS. This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.
Yoga pose for back pain
This short yoga for back pain sequence was designed for all of you with back and/or shoulder tension! Yoga is great for stretching, gaining flexibility, and releasing tension from sore backs, sciatica pain, and many other ailments that you might be experiencing. We often neglect to strengthen our lower and upper backs, and this video offers some very powerful stretches and back muscle building exercises, to give your back a nice break.
If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an aching back are probably receiving inappropriate or unnecessary treatment. According to the researchers, the most common missteps...
This beginners level yoga stretch session is great for anyone just beginning their yoga practice. What is really special about this 15-minute yoga sequence is that you get to stretch, and relieve back pain without standing at all! Certified yoga instructor, Cole Chance, guides you through this beginners level 15 minute FREE yoga class!

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