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Health Tip: Avoid Back Pain While Feeding Baby

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

-- Back pain is common in new moms, who are frequently carrying a heavy baby. Feeding time, in particular, can lead to a back ache. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Avoid bending over baby while you nurse. Place a pillow or two on your lap to bring baby up to your level. Instead of a soft couch, opt for an upright chair. When taking baby out or putting baby in a high chair, remove the tray first. Read more

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Ex-NFL Star Helps Spread the Word on Risks Posed by Painkillers

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – During his 12 seasons as a fullback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-foot-1, 250-pound Mike Alstott was known as "The A-Train" – a punishing runner and blocker and fan favorite. From 1996 to 2007, Alstott racked up an impressive National Football League resume: 5,088 yards rushing; 71 touchdowns (the most in team history); six Pro Bowls; and a Super Bowl championship ring in 2002. But the awards and accolades came with a price that's very familiar to many Americans: debilitating aches and injuries and a whole lot of pain medication. "One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain," said Dr. Anita Gupta, associate professor of anesthesiology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. "It's a really staggering figure that's been rising year after year, so that today there are more people struggling with pain than with heart disease, ... Read more

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Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 – Teens who are given prescription narcotic painkillers may run a higher risk of abusing narcotics after high school, a new study suggests. Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those with little to no history of drug use and those who strongly disapproved of illegal drug use. "A prescription for a pain reliever can put adolescents at risk for future pain reliever misuse," said study author Richard Miech, a research professor at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. For the study, Miech and his colleagues used data that tracked more than 6,200 high school seniors until they were 23. At first glance, it seems counterintuitive that the increased risk was concentrated among teens who had little experience with illegal drugs, Miech ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Sprains and Strains

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

-- For anyone who exercises, especially athletes, sprains and strains are a part of the game. To help ward off these soft-tissue injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: Make sure clothing fits loosely and comfortably, and shoes are in good shape. Use protective gear. Create a balanced exercise regimen that incorporates different types of activity. Always warm up before a workout and cool down afterward. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. But take a day off when you're tired or sore. Read more

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Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Naproxen – a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription – appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. The study compared the use of prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn) alone to the use of naproxen with the narcotic painkiller oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet), or the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine (Amrix). Patients who took a combination of drugs fared no better than when they took naproxen alone, the researchers said. "Acute low back pain is a frustrating condition," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Friedman, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Many patients have already taken over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen (Aleve) ... Read more

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Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who were randomly assigned to physical therapy or no treatment for the first month after their pain began. Physical therapy included back manipulation and exercise. Early physical therapy produced a modest improvement in the study participants' ability to function after three months, compared with no physical therapy. However, after a year, no significant difference in function was found between the two groups. And, the participants reported no improvement in pain after one month, three months or one year of therapy, the researchers said. "People with lower back pain tend to get better quickly, and the physical therapy helped them get there a little ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Back Pain at Work

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by

-- If your back aches at work, you may need to adjust your chair or the way you sit. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Sit with your back in a slightly arched position that feels natural. Choose a chair that supports your lower back. Make sure your head and shoulders are straight and supported. Adjust your work surface to avoid having to lean to reach it. Take an hourly break to stand up, walk around and stretch your back. Read more

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Slow Progress on Curbing Wasteful, 'Low-Value' Health Care Practices: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – As health care budgets get tighter across the United States, there's been a renewed focus on ridding the system of procedures that give patients little real benefit for the time and money spent. Now, a new study suggests that the use of at least three health care services deemed to be "low value" have dropped over the past few years. However, there were only slight decreases – and even increases – in the use of many other low-value services, the report found. In 2009, the National Physicians Alliance piloted an effort called the Choosing Wisely Campaign, aimed at cutting overuse and waste out of the health care system. The campaign lists hundreds of widely used medical practices and procedures that experts say are of little clinical good to patients. In the new study, a team led by Abiy Agiro, of HealthCore in Wilmington, Del., examined seven health services ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Medical marijuana appears mostly safe for treating chronic pain, at least among people with some experience using the drug, a new study suggests. People who used pot to ease their pain didn't have an increased risk of serious side effects, compared to people with pain who didn't use marijuana, a Canadian research team found. But, medical marijuana users were more likely to have less-serious side effects, the study authors said. These side effects included headache, nausea, sleepiness and dizziness, the research revealed. "In terms of a side effect profile, we felt the drug had a reasonably good safety profile, if you compare those effects to other medications," said study lead author Dr. Mark Ware. He is director of clinical research for the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University Health Center in Montreal. Although this study focused on the ... Read more

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Good Posture: A Stance for Better Health

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 26, 2015 – Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world, experts say. "People who have better posture tend to appear more confident and knowledgeable to others. It makes them feel confident internally as well," said Alynn Kakuk, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn. Simple exercises and stretching can help your posture, she said. One way to practice healthy posture is to stand with your upper back, shoulders and bottom touching the wall, with your feet a couple of inches away from the wall, she said in a Mayo news release. There should be a slight space between your lower back and the wall, just large enough to fit your hands. Then, step away from the wall and try to see if you can maintain that posture. It's also important to remember that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Back Injury When Lifting

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by

-- Repeated or heavy lifting can strain the back and leave you with aching or injured back muscles. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Test how heavy something is before you lift it. Make sure boxed items are packed properly so the weight is balanced. Get a good grip on an item before you lift. Affix handles if possible. Use a ladder or get as near to the item as possible. Lift with your legs and arms instead of your back. Move slowly and smoothly, keeping the item close to the center of your body. Warm up first, and take frequent breaks. Don't attempt to lift something that is too heavy. Seek help when needed. Read more

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Health Tip: Walk Correctly

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by

-- Walking bears a low risk of injury, but it's still possible to hurt yourself if you do it wrong. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Walk slowly and easily for about five minutes to warm up, then increase your speed for about 15 minutes. As you walk, swing your arms. Walk with your abdomen flat, back straight and head up. Point your toes forward. Walk with a long stride that is comfortable and without strain. End your walk with a five-minute cool-down and some gentle stretches. Read more

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Back Pain Patients Seek Pain Relief First, Mobility Second

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – Pain relief is a greater concern than mobility for people with a common form of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, a new study indicates. When asked to choose between a treatment that would reduce discomfort and one that would help them stand and walk, the vast majority of patients wanted to ease their pain, the researchers found. "There has long been a debate in the medical community over striking the right balance between pain relief and physical function," said the study's lead author, Dr. John Markman, director of the Translational Pain Research Program in the University of Rochester Department of Neurosurgery in Rochester, N.Y. "While physicians have leaned toward the need to increase mobility, this study shows that patients have a clear preference for pain relief," Markman said in a university news release. The researchers explained that ... Read more

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Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 188 countries found that life expectancy for both sexes increased from just over 65 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, while healthy life expectancy rose from almost 57 years to slightly more than 62 years. The findings regarding healthy life expectancy versus total life expectancy mean that people are living more years with illness and disability, according to the authors of the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet. "The world has made great progress in health, but now the challenge is to invest in finding more effective ways of preventing or treating the major causes of illness and disability," study author Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute for Health ... Read more

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New Moms Can Avoid Back Injury When Caring for Their Babies

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – New moms need to reduce their risk of pain and injury when lifting and carrying their babies, an expert says. "Initially, mothers may start off lifting their child of seven to 10 pounds numerous times per day. Slowly, the weight load increases and if the proper lifting techniques aren't used, this can lead to back strain," Dr. Sabrina Strickland, an orthopedic surgeon and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in an academy news release. After getting their doctor's OK, new moms can begin exercising to restore muscle tone to their abdomen and back, Strickland said. While baby naps, mothers should spend 10 minutes a day on the floor doing strengthening and stretching routines. This will help restore hip and back flexibility and strength, she said. Strickland also advises moms to start eating a healthy diet immediately after giving ... Read more

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