Experts say there is an alarming increase in low back pain cases
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a major problem and economic burden to society. LBP is a multifactorial condition and has different biological, psychosocial, genetic, and lifestyle factors involved in its genesis said experts during the Seminar on Management of Low Back Pain organized by the Department of Nursing GMC hospital Ajman at the Gulf Medical University campus in Ajman.
Low Back Pain is essentially subjective, and a greater awareness of the need for taking pain seriously is growing among the public at large. Chronic Low Back Pain, used to be something many patients simply had to learn to “live” with. In recent years, studies have learned a great deal about pain and its physiological basis, leading to pain management that can provide complete or partial pain relief. There are various types of health practitioners that care for patients with LBA, and each has a different role. While it is common to start off with an Orthopedician, if the patient’s back pain is resistant to initial treatment then the services of a spine specialist in surgery may be necessary.
Principles involved in the designing of Physiotherapy protocols for the management Low Back Pain was highlighted during this session. Various techniques that are applied in the clinical management and preventive set ups to treat and prevent complications arising from LBP was also extensively discussed.
Psychosocial factors such as fear of pain, catastrophization, fear avoidance, pain beliefs are related to genesis of chronic LBP and should be addressed appropriately. Lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyles have been linked to chronic LBP, said experts
Mr. Kumaraguruparan, Mrs. Annamma Mathew and Dr. Ramprasad from College of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Liju Susan from College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University and Dr. Sujaad Badran from Department of Orthopedics, GMC Hospital Ajman delivered talks during the seminar.
Over 125 professionals, physiotherapists, orthopedic surgeons from various hospitals and clinics attended the conference. The conference was accredited by the Ministry of Health UAE for 5 CME Hrs.