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In Rare Cases, Infection May Be at Root of Back Pain

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – People with back pain that doesn't improve with treatment could have a rare type of spine infection, new guidelines suggest. The infection – called vertebral osteomyelitis – could lead to paralysis or death if it's not diagnosed and treated correctly. The condition is often overlooked because it causes back pain, a common problem typically caused by a pulled muscle or back injury, according to the guidelines published July 30 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. "Back pain is so common – and usually not caused by infection – that diagnosis often is missed or delayed," guidelines lead author Dr. Elie Berbari, associate chair of education, division of infectious disease, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., said in a news release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Vertebral osteomyelitis affects two to six out of 100,000 ... Read more

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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse. "We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will help bring an end to this public health epidemic," AMA Board Chair-Elect Dr. Patrice Harris said in an AMA news release released Wednesday. The AMA notes that the abuse of powerful narcotic painkillers – drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin – has become a public health crisis in the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdoses and many more becoming addicted. In fact, a report released in December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fatal overdoses involving prescription ... Read more

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Rugby Takes Toll on Spine, Scans Show

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Retired professional rugby players have more symptoms of cervical spine degeneration than those who don't play the sport, a new study finds. French researchers compared 101 men, aged 35 to 47, who were retired professional rugby players with a control group of 85 people of similar ages who never played a professional sport. "A few years after the end of their careers, professional rugby players seem to have more degenerative symptoms and lesions on the cervical spine. These symptoms are exceptionally disabling [3 of 101 cases in this study," said study author Dr. David Brauge. The former rugby players reported chronic neck pain and reduced neck mobility far more often than those in the control group – more than 50 percent versus nearly 32 percent. However, both groups had similar levels of pain in an evaluation of neck pain. MRI scans showed that the former ... Read more

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Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – For people with chronic back pain who also have depression or anxiety, narcotic painkillers may not be the best therapy for their pain, a new study finds. "A lot of patients have depression and anxiety on top of their back pain," said lead researcher Dr. Ajay Wasan, a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Pain can make depression and anxiety worse and depression and anxiety can make pain worse, Wasan said. "It's a two-way street." But, he added, people with depression or anxiety may get a lot less pain relief from narcotic painkillers and have a higher rate of misuse of their medications. Wasan said misuse includes taking too many pills and running out of medication early, doctor shopping – getting prescriptions for the same drug from several doctors – and using marijuana or cocaine along with narcotic ... Read more

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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Back Pain

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Most people have back pain at some point, but some are prone to more frequent episodes. The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says risk factors for back pain include: Growing older. Back pain often starts when a person is in their 30s or 40s. Getting infrequent physical activity. Being overweight or obese. Having a family history of back pain. Having a chronic illness, such as arthritis or cancer. Having a job that involves a lot of lifting or twisting of the spine. Having poor posture. Being a smoker. Read more

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World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – A new global tally of health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while a third – about 2.3 billion people – had more than five health problems. And the situation is getting worse, not better: Worldwide, the proportion of years of healthy life people lost because of illness (rather than simply dying earlier) rose from 21 percent in 1990 to 31 percent in 2013, according to the Global Burden of Disease study. The growing number of elderly people also means that the number of people who will be living with health problems will rise rapidly over coming decades, the researchers warned. The study involves data from 188 countries and looks at more than 300 illnesses and injuries, according to a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings June 8. The study is the largest analysis of trends in health around ... Read more

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Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica – back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more effective than a placebo pill for the pain and provide only modest improvement in function. Sciatica affects about one in 10 people in their lifetime, the researchers said. For this study, 269 people with sciatica were randomly assigned to take an oral steroid (prednisone) or a placebo (a dummy medication) for 15 days. The participants were followed for up to a year. "When we compared the prednisone to placebo, there was a modest improvement in function," said study researcher Dr. Harley Goldberg, director of spine care services at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center in California. People reported they could go about their daily activities somewhat better than before. ... Read more

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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – The Senza spinal cord stimulation system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic back pain without the tingling sensation that characterizes more traditional pain-relieving methods. The implanted device uses high-frequency stimulation to avoid the tingling sensation known as "paresthesia," the agency said in a news release. Spinal pain could be characterized by conditions including failed back surgery syndrome, low back pain and leg pain. Before treatment with Senza begins, potential users are treated with a trial system for a week or two, the FDA said. Once a physician determines that the trial device has worked, patients have minimally invasive surgery to implant Senza in the upper buttocks or abdomen. The device includes a patient-operated remote control. Senza's safety and effectiveness were clinically evaluated in a study ... Read more

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Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis – a painful, often disabling narrowing of the spinal canal – are an operation known as surgical decompression or physical therapy. But physical therapy is much less invasive and less risky than surgery. "Adverse events from surgery range from 15 to 20 percent, with half of those being serious or life-threatening," said study author Anthony Delitto. "The risks of physical therapy are considerably less, and one would be hard-pressed to consider any of the risks serious," said Delitto, a professor of physical therapy and associate dean of research with the school of health and rehabilitation sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Results of the study, funded by the U.S. National ... Read more

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Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis

Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol in the United States – does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report. The review of data from 13 studies could challenge existing recommendations on pain relief, experts say. "These results support the reconsideration of recommendations to use [acetaminophen] for patients" with these conditions, concluded a team led by Gustavo Machado of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney in Australia. The researchers analyzed 10 studies that examined the use of acetaminophen to treat osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and three studies that assessed the use of the painkiller for lower back pain. Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis – and back pain are among the leading causes of disability worldwide, ... Read more

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Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Of all these risks, obesity is most obviously associated with back pain, he said. "It puts stress on all the joints and the lower back as well," he said. Also, smoking can decrease blood flow, which can also contribute to pain, he said. As for depression, it might contribute to the pain. On the other hand, lower back pain might contribute to depression, Shemory said. The ... Read more

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Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors

Posted 17 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs. But a new study suggests that early imaging may actually be a waste of both time and money. "Older adults with back pain who seek care and get imaging within six weeks of their doctors visit for back pain do not have better outcomes than similar older adults who do not get early imaging," said study author Dr. Jeffrey Jarvik. He is a professor of radiology, neurological surgery and health services at the University of Washington, in Seattle. In fact, Jarvik noted that "although early imaging is not associated with better pain and function outcomes, it is associated with greater use of health care services, such as visits [and] injections." And that, he said, "translates into a ... Read more

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Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 – Acupuncture for back pain is more likely to help people who believe the treatment will work, new research suggests. The study included 485 people who received acupuncture for back pain and completed questionnaires before they began treatment, at two and three months into treatment, and then again at six months after treatment. Patients who had low expectations of acupuncture before they began the therapy gained less benefit than those who believed it would work, according to the researchers at the University of Southampton in England. The investigators also found that patients who had a positive view of their back pain and felt in control of their condition had less back-related disability while undergoing acupuncture. The findings, published in the March issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain, showed that "psychological factors were consistently associated with ... Read more

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Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, new research finds. The study focuses on a class of prescription narcotic painkillers called opioids, which include drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. While most people use the medicines to ease pain, widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers is also a growing concern. The new study involved 355 patients in Texas who reported low back pain at an initial medical visit and still had the pain one and two years later. Although the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were more likely to have an increase in depression, the researchers found. Learning more about the link between these painkillers and depression, along with what dosage might put patients at higher risk, "may inform ... Read more

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