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New Moms Can Avoid Back Injury When Caring for Their Babies

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Steroid Injections Probably Won't Help Your Lower Back Pain

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds. Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), is often treated with epidural steroid injections, the researchers said. But after reviewing 38 previously published studies, the researchers found no strong evidence to support their use for these conditions. "These injections may not be as effective as perceived, and decisions should be based on an informed discussion of risks, benefits, and potential options, including surgery, medications and nonpharmacological options like exercise therapy," said lead researcher Dr. Roger Chou, a professor of medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. Chou said ... Read more

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Focus on Healthy Backs for Back-to-School

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Aug. 22, 2015 – With the new school year here, parents might think about measures to protect their children's spinal health, an expert says. "Parents should be attentive to the amount of time children devote to their devices, be sure they are using their backpacks appropriately, and take any complaint of back pain seriously," said Dr. Hargovind Dewal, an orthopedic surgeon with Long Island Spine Specialists and the Peconic Bay Medical Center in New York. Limit backpack weight to 10 to 15 percent of the child's body weight, he advised. For example, the backpack of a 100-pound child should weigh no more than 10 to 15 pounds, he said. Using both shoulder straps will evenly distribute the weight of the backpack, keep the weight close to the body, and help the spine stay aligned, he added. Research shows that for every inch the head tilts forward, pressure on the spine doubles, ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Spinal Cord Trauma

25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). "What makes this study unique is that I also looked at how often adults have mild pain," he said. Nahin found that about 54 million adults – nearly one-quarter – reported "mild," but not incapacitating, pain. Whether pain is increasing nationally is difficult to say, Nahin said. But the good news is that roughly half of ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain, Sciatica, Breakthrough Pain, Neck Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Scoliosis, Neuropathic Pain, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Frozen Shoulder, Postoperative Pain, Pain/Fever, Somatoform Pain Disorder

Boy, Girl Newborns Show Spinal Differences: Study

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – The spines of boys and girls aren't the same size at birth, a new study shows. Researchers suspect this difference is probably due to an evolutionary adaptation that allows females' spines to cope with the added weight they carry during pregnancy. The researchers used MRIs to measure the small bones that form the spine (vertebrae) in 70 healthy, full-term male and female newborns. The diameter of cross sections of the vertebrae – a key factor in the strength of these bones – were an average of 11 percent smaller in girls than boys, the study revealed. The study was published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. "Human beings are the only mammals in which this difference is seen, and it is one of the few key physiological differences between the sexes," study senior author Dr. Vicente Gilsanz, research imaging program director at Children's ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy, Heterotopic Ossification - Spinal Cord Injury

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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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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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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Steroids May Help Some With Sciatica

Posted 16 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16 – New research suggests that epidural steroids provided better relief for some patients with sciatica, a searing pain that shoots from the lower back straight down the leg, than Enbrel, a newer type of anti-inflammatory drug. Yet the differences were "modest" and did not reach statistical significance. And while more patients reported pain relief one month after receiving epidural steroids, the relief didn't necessarily last. At six months, steroids weren't any better than Enbrel (etanercept) or a third treatment tested, injections containing saline and a local anesthetic. "We found a pretty strong suggestion that steroids were better than both of the other treatments, and the etanercept wasn't better than saline, in the short-term," said study author Dr. Steven Cohen, a professor of anesthesia at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and director of ... Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Not Better for Sciatica

Posted 7 Jul 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 7 – Minimally invasive surgery for the excruciating back pain that can be caused by sciatica didn't work as well as the conventional procedure in a Dutch study. "The expected treatment benefit of a faster rate of recovery from sciatica after tubular diskectomy could not be reproduced by this double-blind study," according to a report in the July 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Orthopedic surgeons at the Medical Center Haaglanden studied 328 people who underwent surgery for sciatic pain, and found that "the overall differences in pain intensity and recovery rates favored the conventional microdiskectomy." Surgery is done to remove the portion of a disk that has ruptured and causes pain by pressing on the sciatic nerve. The older method, microdiskectomy, is done through a larger incision than that used for transmuscular tubular diskectomy, the ... Read more

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