Get control of chronic back pain with a full spectrum of therapy options, experts say – CBC

Measures include everything from spinal manipulation to pain processing therapy

Jan 28, 2024

Ann Marie Gaudon was at the gym when she injured her back. After bending down to lift something off the ground, she experienced a ripping feeling rush through her body.

“The air was sucked out of my lungs,” said Gaudon, an Ontario psychotherapist and social worker. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t stand up. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew it was serious.”

Gaudon spent years speaking with chiropractors, massage therapists and pain experts, finally finding a specialist who helped her recover.

But she was pain-free for a only a few years before her back pain returned. Gaudon says she has less pain now than she did when she first hurt her back in 2017, but still deals with discomfort on a daily basis.

What is chronic back pain?
Gaudon is one of the nearly eight million Canadians who live with chronic pain, and one of the hundreds of millions of people around the world with chronic back pain.

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