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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James C Sutherland
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Leslie Wilgus Jackson, MD
(202) 782-6735
1215 H St
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1991

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Edgar Forrest Jessee
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Steven Maestrello
(804) 346-1551
7702 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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Peter James Coutlakis, MD
(804) 323-1401
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1994

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Sailaja C Nandipati, MD
(301) 843-2222
1435 Mayhurst Blvd
Mc Lean, 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: 1983

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Witold Victor Turkiewicz
(757) 461-6997
816 Greenbrier Cir
Chesapeake, VA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Brinda Mayur Dixit, MD
426 Vespasian Cir
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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