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Short Talk

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmidt (Charité / BIH Julius Wolff Institute)

Hendrik Schmidt, head of the spine team at the Julius Wolff Institute of BIH, talks about his large study on back pain. A total of 3,000 men and women with and without back pain will be examined. The scientists want to find out what causes back pain in order to be able to better diagnose and treat it or, ideally, to avoid it altogether.

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The Berlin Spine Study

Back pain has multiple causes

Back problems and our modern lifestyle are often directly related. Lack of exercise, obesity, incorrect posture at work, frequent and incorrect lifting and carrying of loads can trigger muscle tension, which can manifest itself as pain in the back. In addition, certain physical illnesses can also promote back pain. Stress and everyday worries also leave their mark on our backs, because in addition to physical illnesses, mood and psychological stress can also increase the tension in the muscles and be associated with back pain.

Current diagnostic methods provide only a static snapshot

Currently, a clinical diagnosis for back pain is made on the basis of a one-time physical examination and/or imaging procedures such as MRI and X-ray, and thus certain therapies are recommended. However, these static "snapshots" in an unfamiliar environment for the patient do not provide sufficient information about the underlying mechanisms of back pain. This very often results in wrong diagnoses and therapy decisions that turn out to be "therapy failures" later on.

Berlin spine study wants to improve diagnosis of back pain

We want to improve this unsatisfactory situation through scientific studies. In the future, the spine must be understood as an organ system "with dynamic function" and psychosocial correlations must be included. We want to move from a static short-term analysis ("snapshot") to a dynamic image of the spine. This is the only way to avoid "therapy failure" in the future.

    Participation conditions

    You will receive free of charge

    • Clinical general examination
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Running analysis
    • Measurement of your back function
    • Long-term functional measurement
    • Therapy recommendation

    Prerequisite for participation in the spine study

    • 18-64 years
    • With or without back pain
    • No participation in other medical studies
    • No professional or competitive athletes
    • Not overweight (BMI < 29)
    • Not pregnant


    November 29, 2022
    12:00 - 2:00 pm

    Campus Berlin-Buch | Café rock-paper
    Mensafoyer, Haus A14
    Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, 13125 Berlin

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