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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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