Back pain research studies are vital in discovering more innovative treatments and developing faster recovery times. This ultimately provides more relief to patients. With so many medical conditions requiring research throughout the world, it can be difficult to ensure there is enough funding to keep them running. However, studies that look specifically at back and neck pain must get the attention they need.
We spoke with Dr. Leah Carreon, Clinical Research Director at Norton Leatherman Spine. She is also a professor at the Spine Center for Surgery and Research at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. Carreon has been working in the field of spine for many years. She’s witnessed the impact of research on outcomes and expectations.
Back Pain Research Studies Matter
Without research studies, little progress can be made. The more funding available to conduct these studies, the more new techniques be developed and progressed.
In this conversation, we speak with Dr. Carreon about her work on the Research and Patient Expectation Survey. The survey is a multi-center study based out of Norton-Leatherman. It looks at how well we prepare patients for the recovery process after lumbar fusion surgery.
Given that research, Dr. Carreon expressed the difficulty in securing the necessary funding at times. Spine health is not quite as “sexy” as cancer research, she said. That said, close to 100 million Americans suffer from neck and pack pain. It’s obvious how many people benefit from research done in this area of healthcare.
Support Back and Neck Pain Research
You can help support research studies for back and neck pain by sharing about the work we are doing. Donating to the National Spine Health Foundation and other organizations doing this vital work will also help.
In the last decade, surgery and nonsurgical treatments alike have improved by leaps and bounds. The horror stories once so common in this area of healthcare are few and far between.
We are so excited to be a part of this important part of the spine health world. If you are looking for support, consider joining our private Facebook support group here!