• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and?Bostonia?magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former?Boston Globe?religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Could a Robotic “Backpack” Replace Opioids to Relieve Lower Back Pain?

  1. So you want someone with back pain to wear something on their back, shoulders and waist to help cure back pain. Seems counterproductive. How about we don’t have people sitting at a computer all day long. Getting physical exercise and strengthen leg, back, core muscles seems like a more viable option. Physicians shouldn’t be handing out opioids for back pain. Oh wait I forgot they get paid huge sums of money to prescribe those drugs.

    1. I wish you could have a little empathy. A lot of those people getting these pains work laborious jobs that involve physical activity. As the article said these pains can also be caused by strokes. You can’t control strokes or when they happen or what the affect, can you?

      I suggest you go back to the article and read it more carefully, and don’t compartmentalism yourself in the viewpoint that “everyone sits at the computer” and “just go outside and exercise!,” empathy goes a really long way.

      Also, these exoskeletons have been in use to assist physical laborers in Japan for a while (Honda especially makes a lower back device), so if you did a little bit of digging you’d know there’s a market for this stuff.

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