National Institute of Health Speaker Addresses Logan Staff, Students

October 26, 2018 -- Logan welcomed Jay Shah, MD, senior staff physiatrist and clinical investigator of rehabilitation medicine at the National Institute of Health (NIH), to campus last weekend. Dr. Shah spoke on the topic of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Myofascial Trigger Points and Central Sensitization: Integrating Pain Mechanisms with Objective Physical Findings and Treatment Strategies.

Chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, who has known Dr. Shah for many years through his work with Massachusetts General Hospital―the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School―said Dr. Shah’s presentation was one of the most informative talks on pain neuroscience, related to myofascial pain syndrome, that he has heard.

“We were honored to have someone from the NIH clinical center, which is the forum for translating scientific discoveries into patient care. It’s the gold standard,” said Dr. Kettner. “Dr. Shah has a very integrated view of pain, which is effective for patient care as far as increasing both the quality and outcomes.”

The lecture explored the dynamic/pivotal roles that myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), central sensitization, limbic system dysfunction and objective physical findings play in the evaluation and management of chronic myofascial pain. He also discussed palpation skills, ultrasound imaging applications and needling techniques to more effectively identify and treat painful MTrPs and sensitized spinal segments.

Attendees said they enjoyed the interaction with Dr. Shah and appreciated the incorporation of dynamic audio and visual resources that demonstrated neuroscience principles.

The next Chiropractic Grand Rounds will take place in Spring 2019.  

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