This was my 3rd low back pain forum, I have previously attended the LBP forums in Amsterdam and Boston and the more I go to this conference the more I want to go to the next one. It is very cool to sit beside all big guys and have a chance to talk to them. I wish this conference will never get bigger; otherwise it will become similar to all conferences that we usually attend.
The 2011 LBP Forum in Melbourne was spot on in terms of venue, organisation etc, however I have some insights about the presentations that I have seen. Firstly and foremost, the work that most of research groups have been doing are great, I am always looking forward to see the guys from Keele, Warwick, USA, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and of course the Aussie (especially the Aussie/Brazilian) groups. I loved that sections related to implementation of research in clinical practice, media etc…
But my personal feeling is that we are walking in circles… is this biopsychosocial model really the answer? In my humble view, it is clearly not! Actually if you only go to the LBP forum you will think that the “bio” component barely exists! Thank god guys like Lorimer Moseley, Michelle Battié were invited, so we could have a taste of something “new” and “different”.
Most of the LBP research groups have been not thinking differently which is pretty dangerous in my view… everyone was clapping to each other presentations (fair enough), but no one was particularly challenged… I would love to see someone saying something like “sorry, but do you really believe that this will help back pain patients J?” or something like this.
It seems that the “hot topics” at the moment are “communication skills”, “satisfaction with care”, “attitudes and beliefs”, “LBP in adolescents” etc. No offence to anyone, but do we really think that the answer is over there? It seems that in the future all back pain patients will need to go to a psychologist (maybe a psychiatrist) to get their back pain better! Again, do we really think that this is the answer? Personally I don’t think so.
In the past, back pain science was mostly restricted to the biological component, now is the psychosocial time… the disappointed bit is that the patients are still not getting better, right? I would love to see in the next LBP forum in Denmark 2012 some crazy ideas! Something completely outside the square! The biggest discoveries in science and technology were considered crazy at their inception time… so these crazy ideas are now called antibiotics, vaccines, ipads, google, etc.. in my view a better solution from our back pain patients will arise from crazy, innovative ideas! So let’s get crazy people! Move!
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