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Treatments for Back Pain – British Pain Society Poster Prize Winner Scott Tagliaferri

We are pleased to share the British Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Prize Winner Scott Tagliaferri’s poster on chronic back pain, along with a short explanatory passage written by Scott. View poster in full below.

Back Pain Treatments For You

Various treatments exist for lower back pain, including medications, exercise training, massage and acupuncture. But how do we know what will work for you?  

Lower back pain is the leading cause of global disability. Less than one in ten cases of lower back pain can be diagnosed through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). For the remaining, the true diagnosis remains unclear. The biopsychosocial model shows that biological, psychological and social factors are linked to lower back pain, but the contribution differs across individuals. Therefore, rather than following a template treatment, it seems best to find lower back pain treatment that is tailored for you as an individual.  

My poster formed part of my PhD thesis, which was conducted at Deakin University. My thesis explored how we can use data-driven approaches to assist clinicians with recognising individual differences in biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to lower back pain. My work has the potential to lead to faster referrals and treatments that are more tailored to each individual with lower back pain.  

I had the opportunity to present my poster at the 55th Annual British Pain Society Scientific Meeting. This was a wonderful conference that highlighted important research and clinical considerations. However, what impressed me the most was the inclusion of individuals with lived pain experience. Kudos to the British Pain Society, and to each individual with lived experience who attended the conference, as your contribution was invaluable.  

I would also like to thank all my colleagues at Deakin University and beyond for their support.  

Scott Tagliaferri is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and PhD Candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  

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