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Airing Pain 128: Back Pain & Pain from a Global Perspective with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Looking into one of the most globally prevalent types of pain, back pain, and exploring different cultural attitudes towards pain.

This edition of Airing Pain was created in association with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and has been funded by the Plum Trust.

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain that people report. It can arise due to any number of causative factors and can occur in any part of the back. Lower back pain and Sciatica are particularly common and affect approximately 577 million people globally.

In this episode of Airing Pain we have collaborated with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) who are dedicating their global year 2021 to back pain. 2021 Global Year About Back Pain – IASP (
We also dedicate a portion of the episode to useful pain management advice that will benefit anybody living with pain, including those with back pain.

Issues covered in this programme include: pain from a global perspective, pain in developing countries, Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA), chronic condition management, back pain, IASP Global Year about Back Pain, self-management approaches, physiotherapy, therapeutic exercise, pain in rural areas, physical strategies, pharmaceutical strategies, psychological strategies, the ‘3 P Method’, masking pain, pain psychology.

Time Stamps:

  • 2:00 – Pain Patient Advocate Mary Wing from GAPPA speaks: what is GAPPA?
  • 5:25 – IASP Global Year about Back Pain.
  • 6:20 – Physiotherapist Otieno Martin Ong’wen speaks: global attitudes towards pain and therapeutic exercise.
  • 14:00 – Clinical Research Project Assistant Vina Mohabir speaks: Living with long-term pain and attending pain clinics and the ‘3 P Method’.
  • 19:31 – Otieno Martin Ong’wen speaks: on fostering patient empowerment.
  • 22:05 – Vina Mohabir speaks: on communicating your pain and masking pain.
  • 23: 55 – Mary Wing speaks: on her experience with pain, pain psychology and pain management courses.
  • 26:46 – Otieno Martin Ong’wen speaks: on how different cultural approaches impact psychological therapies for the treatment of pain and therapeutic exercise.
  • 39:56 – Final words from Vina Mohabir.


  • Mary Wing, Pain Patient Advocate, Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA), Australia.
  • Otieno Martin Ong’wen, Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Movement Dysfunction Specialist, Physiotherapist, Afyafrica Orthopedic Services, Nairobi.
  • Vina Mohabir, Clinical Research Project Assistant, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

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