Is Financial Crisis the Reason for Your Back Pain?

Leading Pain Doctor Says Talking, Walking, Laughing and Sex Can Help
Oct. 23, 2008

NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Is Wall Street to blame for your back pain?

If you’ve been suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain lately, much of it could be a direct result of the financial crisis gripping the world, says pain specialist Norman Marcus, M.D., who offers suggestions to help you deal with that pain. They include talking, walking, laughing and sex.

Dr. Marcus is Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Psychiatry and Director of Muscle Pain Research at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

“The financial meltdown is causing millions to worry about losing their jobs, their homes and their retirement savings. And stress and tension are major causes of most common back and neck pain,” says Dr. Marcus.

“When you’re tense, anxious, fearful or angry, your back, shoulder and neck muscles contract. And prolonged contraction of muscles as a result of stress and tension can cause pain severe enough to impair you.

But there are strategies you can use to relieve that pain,” says Dr. Marcus. More…