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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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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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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: 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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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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Steroid Injections Probably Won't Help Your Lower Back Pain

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

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 23 Aug 2015 by

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

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25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

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

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Boy, Girl Newborns Show Spinal Differences: Study

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

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

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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Back Pain

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

-- 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

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

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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