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Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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 18 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Low Back Pain? These Exercises May Help

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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: 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 ...

Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn't take a toll on children's health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis, says Dr. Scott Sorenson, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The condition usually occurs when ...

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 ...

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