Chronic Pain — 14 October 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

There’s nothing “fun” about back pain. But Christopher Burtt is determined to make it entertaining at least part of the time.

When Burtt was laid up for months recovering from back surgery, he struggled not only with pain – but with finding things to do.

“The pain level wasn’t changing and I was just kind of miserable. They told me not to lie down too much. I’d be lying down for 15 minutes and I’d get up and try to do something, and then I’d hurt and I’d lie down again,” recalls the 44-year old resident of South Orange, New Jersey.

“I tried to go on walks. I really struggled to find something to occupy my time. I watched a little bit of TV but it was kind of hard because I didn’t want to lie down too much.”

That was when Burtt came with the idea for a game to help back pain sufferers pass the time and feel better about themselves.

“I’ve always loved playing games and I’ve designed some games in the past. I kind of had the idea of trying to help myself feel better by making a game where your pain went away,” says Burtt, who has a background in marketing and product management.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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