Back pain linked to shrinking brain

2019-03-03 08:03:01

By Helen Phillips BACK pain has a mysterious link with brain damage. Brain scans have shown that patients with chronic lower back pain have lost grey matter from two brain areas. Scientists are not yet sure whether this is the cause of back pain or the result, but the finding could lead to new drug treatments for backache that target the brain rather than the back or spine. The discovery was made by Vania Apkarian of Northwestern University in Chicago,