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Study Gets to the Core of Back Pain in Runners

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – The onset of back pain among runners may stem from a general weakness in their deep core muscles, new research indicates. Such deep muscles are located well below the more superficial muscles typified by the classic six-pack abs of fitness magazine fame, the researchers noted. Using computer simulations, they found that runners with relatively weak deep core muscles ...

Health Tip: Sit and Stand Up Straight

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your posture has a direct effect on your long-term health, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Good posture means your spine is correctly positioned at three natural curves: your neck, middle back and lower back. The agency says poor posture can lead to: Undue wear on the spine, making it more fragile and prone to injury. Neck, shoulder andback pain. Decreased joint flexibility and ...

Electrical Pulses May Ease Pain From 'Slipped' Disc

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A new treatment that aims electrical pulses at irritated nerves around the spinal cord appears effective at relieving chronic lower back pain and sciatica, a preliminary study suggests. The minimally invasive procedure, called image-guided pulsed radiofrequency, eased lingering pain in 80 percent of 10 patients after a single 10-minute treatment. Ninety percent were ...

Take the Back Pain Out of Backpacks

Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 3, 2017 – Backpacks can mean backaches for schoolchildren, but an orthopedic surgeon has advice for parents and kids about how to keep soreness at bay. "Parents should inspect their child's backpack from time to time," said Dr. Joshua Hyman of New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York City. Kids "often carry much more than they should, with extra shoes, ...

'Smart' Underwear May Help Prevent Back Pain

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Mechanized "smart" undergarments may be the answer to back pain, according to researchers. The Vanderbilt University engineers have created an undergarment that eases stress on the low back and activates only when a wearer needs it. "I'm sick of Tony Stark [the fictional Iron Man] and Bruce Wayne [Batman's alter ego] being the only ones with performance-boosting ...

Lower Back Injuries Plague Many Athletes

Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes. Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds. "Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that should be recognized by health care ...

JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK's pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details – from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace ...

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for a Herniated Disk?

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A herniated disk occurs when a soft pad between the vertebrae of the spine slips out, pressing against nearby nerves and causing pain. Here are common risk factors, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Lifting objects incorrectly. Being a smoker. Being overweight. Applying sudden pressure to the spine. Repeated straining of the back muscles.

Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Sending an electrical current directly into spinal nerves does no more than strength and mobility exercises for low back pain, a new study finds. The procedure, called radiofrequency denervation, has become an increasingly popular way to try to ease pain arising from joints in the spine, the researchers noted. But "our findings do not support the added value of ...

Take A New View of Yoga

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Want to add strength training, flexibility, and even stress reduction to your fitness plan? Then it's time to consider – or reconsider, if you've shied away from it in the past – the ancient Indian practice of yoga. Some 11 million Americans take part in one form of yoga or another. And, far from being a new-age type of exercise, it's embraced by people from all walks ...

Don't Let Summer Strain Your Back

Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 1, 2017 – Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say. An estimated 3.7 million Americans sought care for back pain and injuries at doctors' offices in the summer of 2014, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). "Many back ...

Yoga Soothes Back Pain in Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – If you suffer from chronic low back pain, yoga might bring you as much relief as physical therapy, a new trial shows. The less positive finding: Both therapies fell far short of helping everyone. People who did yoga or physical therapy reported less pain on average after 12 weeks – an improvement that held up over a year. And some were able to cut out pain medication. ...

Seniors Get Good Results From Herniated Disc Surgery

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – People over age 65 shouldn't avoid surgery for a herniated disc just because of their age. Seniors benefit from the procedure as much as younger patients, Norwegian research shows. The study involved more than 5,500 people with a herniated, or "slipped" disc. The condition occurs when one of the discs that cushions bones in the spine gets damaged, causing it to push ...

'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it's unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say. Lower back pain doesn't respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies. Although ...

Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. "Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain," explained William Elder, the study's principle investigator. "Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse ...

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