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BPB ALERT NEWS – COULD A ROBIOTIC BACKPACK REPLACE OPIOIDS TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?..

An article in Mirage News caught my eye today. Could a robiotic ‘backpack’ replace opioids to relieve lower back pain? So, do you swallow another pill or wear something instead?

Mirage News wrote that sixteen million Americans-8 percent of the adult population-suffer persistent back pain. Many more visit their doctor for the occasional twinge. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, low back pain is one of the most common reasons given for prescribing opioids. That’s fueling the opioid crisis-and there’s little evidence the powerful painkillers even help.

Lou Awad, a Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences assistant professor of physical therapy says that the solution, might not be a pill you swallow-it might be something you wear. Awad researches and develops robotic apparel, battery-powered exosuits that make mobility and movement easier for patients who have had a stroke.

A major clinical trial has shown that the exosuit can be a safe and effective tool for the lower limb rehabilitation of survivors of stroke. Read “A Step Forward” to learn more.

“The robotic apparel consists of cables that apply mechanical forces in parallel with the underlying muscles,” Awad says. “The system is designed to be worn like a backpack, with attachments over the shoulder, around the waist, and also around the thighs. It is very unobtrusive.” When the power’s off, the wearer can move, bend, and reach without any restriction. Hit the “on” button, and the device “responds to the speed and motion of the user to adaptively help lift and hold objects,” Awad says.

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I guess I can only say one thing and that is ‘watch this space’ – amazing !

Source: Mirage News

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ALERT NEWS – HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS SPINAL AILMENTS…

According to The Indian Express, a study at Lokmanya Hospital in Pune showed that ‘ a holistic approach towards spinal ailments helps to avoid surgery’. At least 35,000 patients had been treated this way over a period of 13 years and less than 10 percent of them required surgery.

They said that patients suffering from spine-related problems especially their lower back region, can avoid surgery altogether by seeking and adopting a holistic approach.

I have to agree with this as I feel sure if I had gone down that route back in the late 80’s then I don’t think I would be in the mess I am in now, especially my lower back.

Dr. Shiikrishna Joshi, a spokesperson of Lokmanya Hospital said that ‘ A common misconception is that surgery is required for the majority of spine-related ailments, especially lower back, but nothing could be further from the truth”.

A holistic approach helps to achieve great results for the majority of problems, without undergoing surgery. With COVID-19 causing many people to work from home which could lead to lower back pain, it’s important that patients know the options for treatments to help with their condition.

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COMMON CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS AND STATISTICS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD…

Chronic pain is conveniently defined as any pain that persists for at least three months despite sensible treatment. It ultimately affects almost half of all adults and is most likely to occur in older people. Chronic pain is known to have significant effects on health and well-being and is a major cause of lost workdays.

Very Well Health say the most common chronic pain conditions in the U.S. are:

  • Migraine
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Fibromyalgia

Together, those six conditions affect more than 150 million Americans.

The UK NHS says that “Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain,” the Daily Mail reports. A major new review suggests that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type of chronic pain (pain that lasts for more than three months).

The researchers used data from 19 studies that included almost 140,000 adults. They extrapolated the results to come up with the estimate that around 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain. More adults aged 75 or over (62%) experienced pain than those aged 18 to 25 (14.3%). Some of these chronic pain conditions include –

  • Low back pain.
  • Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.
  • Headache.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Shingles.
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Cancer Pain

The British Journal of Anesthesia say that “Chronic pain is a common, complex, and distressing problem, which has a significant impact on society and individuals. It commonly presents as a result of an injury or a disease; however, it is a separate condition in its own right, not merely an accompanying symptom of other ailments. Chronic pain, therefore, has both its own taxonomy and medical definition.”

The population that has the highest prevalence is among women (21.7%), non-Hispanic white adults (23.6%), and those aged 65 and over (30.8%). High impact chronic pain was highest among women (8.5%) and those aged 65 and over (11.8%).

According to Pathways The Country rankings of chronic pain by the number of people affected is –

China – 501 million 39.92% of the population

India – 174 million 13% of the population

United States – between 100 and 116 million 30% of the population

Brazil – 77 million 37% of the population

Mexico – 28.5 million 27% of the population

United Kingdom – 28 million 43% of population

South Africa – 23.7 million 42.3% of the population

Colombia – 23 million 46% of the population

France – 20 million 30% of the population

Germany – between 12 and 20.5 million 14.5 to 25% of the population

Poland – 16 million 42% of the population

Italy -16.2 million 26% of the population

South Korea – 15 million 30% of the population

Japan – 12.7 million 11% of the population

Philippines – 11 million 10.4% of the population

Then the figures really start to fall with Spain – 8 million and only 17% of the population – Australia – 5 million and 20% of the population, Chile -5 million and 27% of the population,

Bolivia – 3.5 million and 3.5% of the population, Portugal -3 million and 31% of the population, Austria – 2.2 million and 24.9% of the population, Netherlands – 2.2 million and 20 % of the population, Finland – 2 million and 35% of the population, Malayasia – 2 million and 7% of the population, Sweden- 1.8 million and only 18% of the population, Norway-1.6 million and 31% of the population, Canada – 1.5 million and 10% of the population, Switzerland – 1.4 million and only 16% of the population, Singapore 1.2 million and 20% of the population, Denmark – 1.1 million and 20.2% of the population, New Zealand – 791 550 and 16.7%, Ireland – 620 000 and 13% of the population and finally Iceland – 160 000 but 47.5% of the population.

It’s a fascinating read of these statistics especially the last one from Iceland with such a low amount and yet such a high proportion of the population.

Source : Pathways

British Journal of Anesthesia

NHS UK

Very Well Health