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Scans Show Altered Brain Connectivity in Chronic Back Pain

posted Oct 2, 2012, 12:17 AM by Admin Osteoinfo   [ updated Nov 15, 2012, 3:11 AM ]

February 28, 2012 (Palm Springs, California) —Patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) have altered brain connectivity on functional magnetic resonance imaging compared with healthy controls, and experience temporary changes in this pattern when their pain is exacerbated, a new study shows. "What we are seeing is there is at least some type of plasticity in the system," explained lead author Marco Loggia, PhD, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in an interview with Medscape Medical News. "The system is somehow being disrupted by the presence of pain."