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FEBRUARY 28, BACK PAIN BRAIN 02.15.05
 

Summary: FEBRUARY 28,
BACK PAIN BRAIN 02.15.05
That pain in your back could be more than uncomfortable. As this ScienCentral News
video reports, for the first time researchers have found evidence that it could be
shrinking your brain.
Achy Breaky Back
Here's what Mary Jo O'Kelley avoids thanks to a
warehouse accident that left her with chronic back pain:
bending, squatting, exercising and lifting anything of
almost any kind. But that might not be all the damage
her injury caused. For the first time, researchers have
found evidence that chronic back pain may be at least
partially responsible for shrinking the brain.
Neuroscientist Vania Apkarian of Northwestern
University used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
scans to collect 26 brain images from people who
reported suffering back pain that lasted for a year or
more and 26 images from pain-free subjects matched
for age and sex. After looking at average brain size
across each group, he compared the pain subjects with

  

Source: Apkarian, A. Vania - Department of Physiology, Northwestern University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine