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An Expert's Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says. "The back is a complex structure with many delicate parts, but with good judgment and healthy lifestyle habits – including proper lifting, good posture and exercise – it's possible to avoid common back pain caused by strained muscles," said Dr. Lawrence Lenke. ...

New Nerve Stimulation Technique Might Relieve Back Pain

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – Stimulating a specific set of nerves that are nestled along the spine may deliver relief to those who suffer from chronic back pain and cut the need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests. The therapy, which targets the root ganglion nerves, is more effective than other spine stimulation procedures because it places tiny leads precisely at the area where pain ...

Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

-- About 80 percent of Americans will have lower back pain at some point in their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates. Lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation that renders a person unable to move. The agency identifies some risk factors for lower back pain: Age: The first instance tends to occur between ages 30 and ...

Three New Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – New research pinpoints three genes responsible for skeletal development that appear to be connected to chronic back pain. The study authors said their findings could shed new light on the biological factors involved in the development of the condition and lead to new treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability around the world. For the study, an ...

Health Tip: Change Poor Posture

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by

-- Everyone has back pain at some point, whether due to poor posture, heavy lifting, a spinal condition present a birth, or an exercise-related injury. While other triggers for back pain may not be as easy to prevent, poor posture is a relatively easy fix. Harvard Medical School suggests how: By imagining good posture, you can help create it. Imagine a straight line passing through your body ...

Health Tip: Prevent Back Pain at Work

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by

-- Chronic back pain makes it more difficult to do your job, whether you're behind a desk or operating heavy machinery. The Mayo Clinic suggests how to avoid back pain at work: Maintain good posture. Lift with your legs and tighten your core muscles, and avoid twisting. When possible, use a lifting device. Alternate physically demanding tasks with less demanding ones. Limit the time you spend ...

Low Back Pain? These Exercises May Help

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – Low back pain is a common health complaint. And if it sidelines you for too long, it can lead to weight gain, a loss in your fitness level and keep you from doing things you love. But not moving isn't the answer – specific exercises can help you get back to everyday activities. If you're under the care of an orthopedist or physical therapist, you may be given a series ...

Anti-seizure Meds Won't Ease Low Back Pain

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 – Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for treatment of lower back pain more often over the past decade. There's just one problem – these drugs don't really help. A series of clinical trials have shown that anticonvulsants are no good at easing either lower back pain or nerve pain shooting down a leg due to back problems, a new evidence ...

Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Lower Back Pain: Study

Posted 18 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found. Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said. "This study provides the strongest evidence to date that chiropractic is safe, that it's ...

Health Tip: When To Call Your Doctor If You Have Lower Back Pain

Posted 3 May 2018 by

-- Few people go through life without having episodes of lower back pain. For some people, though, it's a daily struggle. The American Academy of Family Physicians says back pain may be controlled by maintaining proper posture and sitting, lifting, standing and exercising properly. Others have to seek medical attention for relief. The academy mentions these warning signs that you should see a ...

Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief. Helping patients think differently about pain and encouraging them to move in ways they previously feared appears to ease pain and improve function, researchers say. "People with chronic neck and/or ...

Millions Get Wrong Treatment for Back Pain: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report. Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education and urging patients to stay active and working. But inappropriate tests and ...

Health Tip: Shovel Snow Safely

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

-- Snow shoveling is a factor in thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths in the United States each year. The National Safety Council suggests how to shovel safely: Do not shovel after eating or while smoking. Take it slow and stretch out before you begin. Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter Push the snow, rather than lifting it. If you do lift snow, use a small shovel or only ...

Study Gets to the Core of Back Pain in Runners

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

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

-- 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 ...

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