No pain, healthier brain

No pain, healthier brain

Treating chronic back problems has benefits above the neck

By Laura Sanders, 16:18 PM May 17, 2011

Wiping out chronic pain in the lower back doesn’t just dull the agony. It allows the brain to recover, too. Six months after people’s backaches were eased, their brains showed fewer signs of the abnormalities that accompany chronic pain, a new study shows.

This brain recovery is “a concrete message that certainly brings hope and relief to those suffering from this condition,” says UCLA neuroscientist Dante Chialvo.

In the study, neuroscientist Laura Stone of McGill University in Montreal...

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