Plenary Session on ”Back Pain - Prevention and Therapy in the Modern Society”

The plenary session will focus on Back Pain as a widespread disease throughout different levels in society, often related to Inactivity both, from a psychological and from a sports medical perspective.
There are two outstanding talks given by Prof. Falla (United Kingdom) and Prof. Hasenbring (Germany).

Deborah Falla is Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Falla is also the Director of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine) at the University of Birmingham and a Senior PI for the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC). Her research utilises state of the art electrophysiological measures to evaluate the control of human movement and how it is affected or adapted in response to various states (e.g. injury, fatigue, training, pain). Her research interests include optimising management of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in spinal pain.

In her lecture New insights into motor adaptation in low back pain and neck pain: Implications for sports medicine and rehabilitation Falla will look on associated pain mechanisms and highly variable sensorimotor adaptations such as subtle changes in the distribution of muscle activity to complete avoidance of movement. Furthermore, implications for the rehabilitation of sensorimotor control in people with chronic pain will be presented while focusing on the key challenge in clinical intervention: to decide how sensorimotor changes relate to an individual’s presentation, which aspects require management, and how this might be best achieved.

Monika Hasenbring is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology at Ruhr-University of Bochum – one of the host universities of this year’s congress. Among psychooncology and the development of psychological assessments, her current research interests include pain research. More specifically, her focus is on risk factors of the development of chronic low back pain, biopsychosocial mechanisms and psychological interventions for prevention of chronic back pain.

In her lecture Physical activity and biopsychosocial moderation in musculoskeletal pain: How to conceptualize health-promotion activity? Hasenbring will look at chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) which can cause substantial limitations in daily life to athletes but also to the general population. The lecture focuses on the correlation of physical activity levels and back pain for conceptualizing health-promotion besides research in neurobiological and neurobehavioral mechanisms. This presentation addresses researchers and clinicians in sports and rehabilitation medicine or psychology and there will be the opportunity to discuss different neurobehavioral pathways, their relation to health-promoting vs. presumably detrimental aspects of physical activity and an impact on individually targeted approaches of treatment.

You will be able to hear more about this topic in the plenary session [PL-PS03] “Back Pain – Prevention and Therapy in the Modern Society” on Saturday, 8th July 2017 at 11:30 in Lecture room “Europa/West”.

Session will be livestreamed on ECSS YouTube Channel.