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Dr. James Rainville MD

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Harvard University

12 Oxford St. # 373

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

United States

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Assistant Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine&Rehab, Harvard M

New England Baptist Hospital



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University of Massachusetts Medical School

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According to Dr. Rainville, staying active in general is key to keeping back troubles at bay."The theory used to be that disc degeneration , the major source of recurrent back pain in younger people , was caused by physical activity and the standard advice therefore was first, to rest, and second, to avoid physical activity, or at least any activity involving the back."

While we are not sure how this works, exercise and not bed rest is the key to moderating pain.James Rainville, MD, chief of physical medication and rehabilitation at New England Baptist Hospital and an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, reports that data on over 2,000 patients suggests that most who exercise, even if painful at first, do experience a significant improvement in the amount and intensity of exercise they can perform.

General | Premiere Spine & Sport Blog | Page 2 [cached]

Dr. James Rainville, of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, states that "pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine,

Physicians shed new light on what lies beneath back pain [cached]

Dr. James Rainville, a physician at Boston's New England Baptist Hospital, spoke to the news outlet about a novel concept regarding back pain: Namely, that it doesn't necessarily denote a slipped disk or other spinal issues. Instead, our nervous system may be the underlying culprit behind all that discomfort.

"Normal sensations of touch, sensations produced by movements, are translated by the nervous system into a pain message. That process is what drives people completely crazy who have back pain, because so many things produce discomfort," Dr. Rainville explained.
Dr. Rainville and his colleagues argue that, in some instances, the solution may be to adjust to certain levels of discomfort if they are related to hypersensitive nerves rather than a severe spinal issue. Too often, he notes, people will swear off any number of activities from golf to lifting their grandchildren because of the potential for a twinge here or there.

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Research is showing that the pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine, but with the way the nervous system is behaving, according to Dr. James Rainville of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

"It's a change in the way the sensory system is processing information," says Rainville, who is a physiatrist, or specialist in rehabilitation medicine.
Rainville says that about 25 percent of patients with acute back trouble get stuck in an endless loop of pain. He thinks this chronic back pain is often due to persistent hypersensitivity of the nervous system.
Genetics may help explain why back pain becomes chronic for that 25 percent. But whatever the underlying cause, Rainville and others have discovered that many of them can learn to ignore their pain.
Rainville explains: "In primitive cultures, if you lived near a volcano and the volcano started smoking and looking like something was going to happen, well, it was obvious[ly] because gods were mad at you. And you'd start doing silly things - sacrificing chickens or goats or whatever, thinking that that would appease the gods."
In a strange way, Rainville says, people with chronic back pain do something very similar. They sacrifice parts of their life - playing golf or softball, running, picking up bags of groceries or grandchildren. Patients get so afraid of pain, they do anything to avoid it.
"They keep putting things onto this altar, thinking that's going to change the situation," Rainville says.

Exercise Therapy | Premiere Spine & Sport Blog [cached]

Dr. James Rainville, of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, states that "pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine,

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