Seminar Series

Low Back Pain is a Geriatric Syndrome: Implications for Disability among Older Adults

Corey B. Simon
Assistant Professor
DPT Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University

Sept. 13, 2019

2 – 3 p.m. in 146 Diefendorf, UB South Campus

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Corey Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Physical Therapy at Duke University. He is a research scholar in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center (OAIC), and member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute Musculoskeletal Research Team.

The vision of Dr. Simon’s research is to prevent downstream disability among older adults suffering from chronic pain through the development of tailored multi-factorial interventions. His current work focuses on two intrinsic factors involved in painful movement: fear and circulating inflammatory response.

In addition to his principal work, Corey is also co-investigator on an NCCIH-funded pragmatic trial to improve clinical treatment pathways for Veterans with chronic low back pain; and an NIA-funded clinical trial to test the effects of a novel rehabilitation program for older adults suffering from both low back pain and concomitant hip dysfunction.

Dr Simon is a 2004 graduate of the UB Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Presentation Summary

Low back pain is the global leader in disability among older adults, due in part to suboptimal clinical management. However, emerging literature now contextualizes low back pain as a geriatric syndrome due to its links to disability, its prevalence among seniors, its multi-factorial nature, and its overlap with other geriatric syndromes like frailty and falls. This lecture will review the impact of low back pain on both older adults and our healthcare system, and detail recent advances in geriatric low back pain research to facilitate future development of tailored multi-factorial interventions.