You and a friend both get MRIs of your spines, and both reveal bone spurs, ruptured discs and spinal degeneration. You are incapacitated by back pain, but your friend springs up from bed every morning with the vigor of a 20 year old. It turns out that there’s little correlation between spinal imaging results and chronic back pain. And unfortunately for you, traditional treatment options offer limited relief. getAbstract recommends Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s smart, engaging essay to readers who suspect that “the reign of pain is mainly in the brain,” or to those who deny it.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why spinal imaging results don’t necessarily pinpoint the origins of back pain,
- What genetic factors are associated with pain sensitivity, and
- How some rehabilitation clinics are successfully treating chronic back pain.
About the Author
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American and NPR. Her book Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery came out in 2017.