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Dr. James Rainville MD

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Phone: (617) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.org
New England Baptist Hospital
125 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston , Massachusetts 02120
United States

Company Description: New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) has been dedicated to exceptional patient care since its inception in 1883. We are an adult Medical/Surgical Hospital with...   more

Employment History

  • Head
    Spine Center - NE Baptist Hospital
  • Recruiting Assistant
    Harvard University
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • Chief
    Spine Physiatry , New England Baptist Hospital
  • Editorial Boards
    The Spine Journal and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Recruiting Assistant
    Harvard University


  • MD
  • medical degree
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
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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.
Blog « The Chiropractic Office The Chiropractic Office [cached]
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.
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,
by Gary Nolan | 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,
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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