New Study Reveals Why Some Indigenous Cultures Don’t Experience Back Pain

According to NPR, California acupuncturist Esther Gokhale recently conducted an investigation into the factors that might explain why some indigenous cultures don’t experience low back pain. Like 75% of Americans, Gokhale has experienced back pain, and she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could cure her ailment. So, she spent ten years visiting and studying populations that report having little to no back pain. She noticed that while most Americans have an S-shaped spine, populations that didn’t experience back pain had spines shaped more like a J. Based on that insight, Gokhale began a training regimen to increase her core strength and move her spine into a J shape. Eventually, her back pain vanished. Luckily, most people don’t have to travel the world to discover the secret to alleviating back pain. Instead, they can work with a physical therapist to help build up the necessary core strength. To find more about Gokhale’s discovery, click here.

Lawmakers Propose ICD-10 Transitional Grace Period

In the third legislative attempt in a little more than a month to change the terms of the ICD-10 switch, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) proposed HR 2652. This bill would do away with the hard switch—currently set for October 1, 2015—and instead allow practitioners a two-year “grace period,” during which they would not be “penalized for errors, mistakes and malfunctions relation to the transition to such a code set.” According to Palmer, the transition to ICD-10 “threatens to hurt productivity, increase mistakes either from human or technological errors, and create confusion and difficulties as a result.” While Palmer isn’t the only one concerned about the transition, physical therapists should be feeling cool, calm, and collected about the switch. Why? Because PTs have access to multiple resources to ensure a smooth transition.

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