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FRAME Foundation addresses the role of muscles in acute and chronic pain
New York, NY (March 12, 2020) Chronic pain is a pervasive problem that costs the US economy up to $635 billion per year and reduces the quality of life for millions of Americans. Low back pain is now the number one cause of disability globally and the total annual cost of chronic pain in the US surpasses the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. Despite increasing our spending on the treatment of neck and back pain, the results are getting worse.
Muscles account for approximately 40% of our body in weight and are the most common reason for low back pain, yet the mechanisms causing muscle pain are absent in current medical curricula or post-graduate training, causing them to be overlooked by most clinicians. Ignoring muscles leads physicians to overemphasize the bony spine and nerves exiting the spinal cord as the source of pain, resulting in often unsuccessful, expensive, and potentially damaging interventions. The massive costs associated with treating neck and back pain could be decreased by addressing muscles’ role in pain.
The Foundation for Research and Advocacy for Muscle Pain Education (FRAME Foundation) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to funding large population clinical trials to understand the role muscles play in acute and chronic pain in order to change the way the medical community assesses and treats pain. According to FRAME Foundation’s President, Dr Norman Marcus, MD, the “goal is to create the evidence that would oblige clinicians to adopt new evaluation and treatment paradigms.”