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Person Centered Integrative Global Approach to Chronic Low Back Pain


10 August 2021


11:00 AM12:00 PM

2021 Global Year Webinar

IASP is offering a webinar series as part of its 2021 Global Year About Back Pain. Please see the recording below to view this 60-minute webinar.


Ziya Altug, a licensed physical therapist with 30 years of clinical experience treating musculoskeletal conditions, will discuss simple self-care strategies such as posture, sleep hygiene, stress management, and integrative exercises to help manage back pain.

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) has been a national leader in incorporating evidence-based Chinese medicine into conventional medical practice over the last 27 years. Its person-centered medical model has been applied in many diseases and conditions with a focus on whole person. In this talk, Dr. Ka-Kit Hui will share how CEWM use their person-centered, preventive-focused and healing-oriented model to care for patients with chronic pain conditions including low back pain, and how they include acupuncture and trigger point management as a part of comprehensive problem-solving systems approach.


Ka-Kit Hui MD, FACP

Ka-Kit Hui, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine and Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine at the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Hui, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, is an internationally acclaimed scholar and board-certified in Internal Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology, with an expertise in Geriatrics. He is a recognized authority on Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine. Dr. Hui founded the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine in 1993, one of the first integrative medicine centers in the United States. He has developed a model system of comprehensive care that is a patient-centered, problem-solving approach emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, and is safe, effective, affordable and accessible to all. Dr. Hui has worked with the National Institute of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, the pharmaceutical industry, medico-legal firms, and the media. He has published over 100 articles, papers, abstracts and book chapters, in English and Chinese. Dr. Hui currently serves on the editorial boards of the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine and Journal of Chinese Medicine. In the past, he has served on the editorial boards of China Anesthesia and Analgesia, eCAM Journal, and Cancer Survivorship. He has been featured in print, radio, television, cable news, and on CCTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Hui has been awarded numerous grants in areas including integrative medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, asthma, aging, autonomic system regulation, pharmacology and medical education. He has held honorary and visiting professorship in universities in China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Australia.

Ziya Altug, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Ziya “Z” Altug, PT, DPT, MS, OCS is a board-certified physical therapist with 30 years of experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions. He currently treats patients privately in Los Angeles and works as a lecturer.  Altug received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, his master’s degree in sport and exercise studies and bachelor’s degree in physical education from West Virginia University and a DPT degree from the College of St. Scholastica. Altug is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has attended numerous workshops including yoga, tai chi, qigong, Pilates, Feldenkrais Method, and the Alexander Technique. Altug is the author of Integrative Healing: Developing Wellness in the Mind and Body (Plain Sight Publishing, 2018) and 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Wall and Engagement Calendars (TF Publishing, 2011), and coauthor of The Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription (Hatherleigh Press, 2006) and Manual of Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Rehabilitation (Appleton & Lange, 1993).


Christopher Chang, ND

Christopher Chang, N.D. is a board-certified doctor in Naturopathic medicine. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Physiology and Neuroscience and acquired his Naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in San Diego, California. Utilizing the philosophies of Natural medicine, he approaches his patients with a holistic mindset, understanding the importance of the social determinants of health such as stress, sleep, and nutrition. As a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) and employee at the Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM), Christopher has been engaged in discussions for integrating conventional and traditional medicines together in order to optimize patient care and improve overall health for the population. He has a particular interest in musculoskeletal conditions and, having experienced the many different aspects of medicine through his time as an EMT and work with patients in palliative care, promotes the need for preventative medicine. In regards to treating musculoskeletal problems, Christopher uses prolotherapy, IV nutrition, herbs/nutraceuticals, specialized machine procedures (e.g. laser therapy), and regenerative medicine such as PRP joint injections in order to provide comprehensive care for his patients that not only addresses the local issue, but also treats the underlying problem.

To learn more about the Global Year About Back Pain, please visit: iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear

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