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BACK PAIN COMMON, MANAGEABLE: EXPERT

Jan 12, 2013

​​BACK pain is manageable although it is one of the most common medical conditions known to man, according to physiotherapist yesterday.



Alan Robertson (pic) of the Rehabilitation Department at Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) mentions this during a public talk on "The Management of Back Pain".



About 80 per cent of all adults will suffer from it at some point in their lives, said Robertson.



He then went on to say that the pain leads to a large proportion of those affected to be absent from work and their daily routine turning into a costly affair.



In most cases, back pain recovers with little intervention. However, most patients tend to worry that they have a serious problem.



He continued to say very few back pains are very serious and a thorough health check with advice, education and exercise would usually do the trick.



Robertson also said that JPMC has begun gathering evidence to support the latest research into back pain management.



The centre has enlisted the expertise of the most eminent Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor Dr Andrew J Haig from the University of Michigan, United States of America (USA).



The project will be based on Professor Haig's FASTBACK programme which has won him great honour in the USA.



Robertson mentioned that the programme was a multi-discipline approach to rule out serious pathology of "Acute Back" - back pain that has just happened.



The programme involves extensive record-keeping and measurements and would help prevent back pain reaching sub-acute and chronic stages.



Professor Haig who is due to arrive in the Sultanate on January 20.



He will take part in several influential planning meeting along with three days of specialised clinics for the clients of JPMC.



The visit will also see the attendance of top back pain specialist physiotherapist from the University of Michigan, Julia Okuly, who will be working alongside therapists at the centre for a period of a few months.



The talk on the "Management of Back Pain" was delivered as part of JPMC Rehabilitation Departments's "Spinal Programme".



The programme was aimed at raising awareness of back pain management.



The talk touched on various stages of back pain to its diagnosis and remedy.

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