#44: Treating Back Pain the Drug-Free Way with Pain Specialist Dr. Saloni Sharma
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Are you one of the millions of adults dealing with back pain? Did the pandemic make it worse? Do you wish you could manage your pain with less or no medication? Pain specialist Dr. Saloni Sharma joins us today to talk about her new book and her drug-free approach to pain relief and prevention. Keep listening to find out lots more!

Saloni Sharma, MD, LAc is dual board-certified in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain management. She is medical director of the Orthopaedic Integrative Health Center at Rothman Orthopaedics, and specializes in the non-operative care of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, employing a multi-modal approach including the use of acupuncture. Dr. Sharma has studied Lifestyle Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine through the Andrew Weil program at the University of Arizona. She has studied yoga and meditation at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India as well as mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She studied acupuncture at Harvard University and completed Stanford’s Physician Wellbeing Director Course. At a national level, Dr. Sharma serves as Co-Chair for Spine & Pain Rehabilitation for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, on the AAPM&R Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and on a national Opioid Task Force. Furthermore, she continues to support alternatives to opioids and has directed a national physician course on navigating the opioid crisis. She has been voted a Top Doctor multiple years in a row by her peers. Dr. Sharma is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, has published numerous research articles and textbook chapters, and continues to teach and lecture to residents and medical students. Her teaching skills were recognized with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Sidney Kimmel Medical College.  Her upcoming book, The Pain Solution, is a drug-free approach to pain relief and prevention.

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