How About a Dose of Empowerment for Your Next Chronic Back Pain Patient? (Video)

New program is all about shifting the power in pain management

Too often patients with chronic pain can be exceedingly passive, expecting their healthcare providers to be the main actors in “fixing” their pain. In the case of chronic low back pain, the result can sometimes be unneeded — and potentially harmful — prescriptions or spine injections, and occasionally even inappropriate and irreversible spine surgery.

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Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute is attempting to turn that dynamic on its head through a population health initiative for chronic low back pain that’s centered on the concept of empowering patients to take the lead in caring for their pain themselves. Spine neurosurgeon Edward Benzel, MD, who is directing the interdisciplinary initiative, explains the concept in this two-and-a-half-minute video.