Chronic Back Pain Specialist Danville VA

Basically we broke new ground in investigating a method that a lot of people have been using for thousands of years to see if it works for an average person with chronic back pain.

Joel Kovarsky, MD
(434) 799-2302
800 Memorial Dr
Danville, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1972

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Matthew Owen Swartz
(703) 369-7110
9378 Forestwood Ln Ste C
Manassas, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Gregory A Kujala
(540) 678-0571
1870 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Albert H Lee
(757) 466-5976
850 Kempsville Rd
Norfolk, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ellen Marie Jenkins, MD
(703) 573-9800
9209 Talisman Dr
Vienna, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1985

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Samuel Wesley Atkins Jr, MD
(434) 799-9023
Ringgold, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1948

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Alan Glenn Stern, MD
(804) 364-8558
5541 Summer Creek Way
Glen Allen, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1997

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Emerson D Farley, MD
(434) 842-6360
PO Box 487
Fork Union, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburg
Graduation Year: 1964

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Doris Mable Rice, MD
(804) 399-5000
3921 Kingman Ave
Portsmouth, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1979

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Perry Franklin Mullinax
(804) 828-9690
1250 E Marshall Street
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Chronic Back Pain

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Pain and anger seem to go hand in hand. Clinical research has shown that chronic low-back pain sufferers tend to have high levels of anger and that anger exacerbates the experience of pain. Now an innovative pilot study shows that loving-kindness meditation—a Buddhist technique for fostering love and transforming anger into compassion—can help reverse the cycle.

“Basically we broke new ground in investigating a method that a lot of people have been using for thousands of years to see if it works for an average person with chronic back pain,” says Jim Carson, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center and the study’s lead author.

The study tested an eight-week loving-kindness program for chronic low-back pain patients, who were randomly assigned to conventional care or the meditation intervention. The patients who used loving-kindness techniques showed significant improvements in their pain and psychological distress levels that correlated to the time spent practicing the meditation on any given day.

“I was somewhat surprised by how people, once they started using the methods, reported changes in their life and relationships,” Carson says. Who knows, showing a little bit of kindness and compassion may be the ultimate form of pain relief.

Elizabeth Marglin

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