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Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early

Posted 7 days ago 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 kids reach their preteen years but it can happen in babies or toddlers. It's unclear what causes scoliosis but genetics may play a role, he added. Girls are more often affected than boys. As a result, the Scoliosis Research Society recommends that girls be screened twice for scoliosis and boys screened once during their developing years. Screening for scoliosis typically involves examining the back and looking for asymmetry, such as a shoulder or hip that is higher than the other. One side of ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Scoliosis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging

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, toys, electronic devices and other unnecessary items," he explained in a hospital news release. Hyman suggests that before sending kids off to school, parents should follow these backpack safety tips: Be a weight-watcher. According to Hyman, backpacks shouldn't weigh more than 15 percent of a kid's body weight. That's the equivalent of 7 pounds for a 50-pound child. Lighten the load. If you feel that your child is weighed down by too many textbooks, talk to the teacher about whether any can be ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Sciatica, Scoliosis

'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 supersuits. We, the masses, want our own," Karl Zelik, principal investigator on the project, quipped in a university news release. "The difference is that I'm not fighting crime. I'm fighting the odds that I'll strain my back this week trying to lift my 2-year-old." That same kind of back strain got the assistant professor of mechanical engineering thinking about wearable tech solutions. Made of nylon canvas, Lycra, polyester and other materials, the "smart" underwear feels and behaves like regular ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

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 practitioners," said lead author Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The human spine has 24 bones, or vertebrae. They're stacked on top of each other, separated by flat, round cushioning disks. When people walk or run, these disks absorb shock, the authors explained. Athletes are at risk for problems involving their back bones and discs, particularly if they start intense training regimens when they are between 10 and 24 years old, the researchers ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Fracture, bone, Spondyloarthritis, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Radiculopathy, Lower Limb Spasticity, Prevention of Fractures

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 that some believe may have played a role in his death. "He went through the wringer visiting different surgeons and physicians and experts in their field – well-known people," said study co-author Dr. Justin Dowdy. He is a neurosurgeon and partner at Hot Springs Neurosurgery Clinic in Arkansas. While Kennedy's care would be different today due to advances in surgery and imaging technology, Dowdy doesn't see reason to second-guess clinicians' recommendations at the time. "They did the best they ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Suboxone, Surgery, Back Pain, Percocet, Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Chronic Pain, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Meloxicam, Sciatica, Advil, Diclofenac, Voltaren, Aleve, Fioricet, Mobic, Motrin

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. Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

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 radiofrequency denervation to a standardized exercise program," said study author Esther Maas, who conducted the investigation while at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. "Based on our results, a standardized exercise program alone has to be the first choice in the treatment of these patients," Maas said. Low back pain affects at least 80 percent of people sometime in their lives, according to the American Spinal Decompression Association. The World Health Organization reports that low back ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

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 injuries occur from sudden movements during daily activities such as bending, lifting and twisting," said Dr. Afshin Razi, a spokesperson for the academy. "Always be mindful of the way you're positioning your body and practice safe lifting techniques during these motions. Keep the core muscles in your back and abdomen strong and flexible. Strengthening your core muscles will help to support your spine," Razi said in an AAOS news release. The academy offers these tips for protecting yourself from ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

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. Still, many failed to get meaningful relief, the researchers noted. Experts said the findings reflect the reality of chronic low back pain: No single treatment has proven widely effective. "We do not have any magic bullet," said lead researcher Dr. Robert Saper. According to guidelines published earlier this year by the American College of Physicians (ACP), non-drug options should be the first-line treatment against low back pain. That's largely because pain medications and other drugs are not ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Breakthrough Pain, Radiculopathy

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 forward. The result is lower back pain that can extend to the leg and foot, and even lead to paralysis. Exercise, heat and pain medication provide relief in some cases. But people with severe pain or disability may need surgery, according to researchers at St. Olav's Hospital in Trondheim, Norway and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The investigators compared patient-reported outcomes after disc surgery. The study included nearly 5,200 patients under age 65, and about 380 ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiculopathy

'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 short-term improvements were reported, "no clinical significance" was found in terms of overall pain or disability when mindfulness was compared to standard treatment, said study lead author Dennis Anheyer. Anheyer is a psychology research fellow in the faculty of medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. About eight out of 10 American adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc, Psychiatric Disorders, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

Chiropractors Not Magicians When It Comes to Chronic Back Pain

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Chiropractors can help ease some cases of low back pain, though their treatments may be no better than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, a new analysis finds. The review of 26 clinical trials found that manipulating the spine can bring "modest" relief to people with acute low back pain – pain that has lasted no more than six weeks. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation, as do some doctors, physical therapists and other health professionals. Most insurers, Medicare and Medicaid pay for some chiropractic services, according to the American Chiropractic Association. But spinal manipulation is no magic bullet, the researchers behind the new study said. The benefits appear similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. It seems that when it comes to low back pain, no one has found a quick fix. That ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Sciatica, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Scoliosis, Vicoprofen, Naprosyn, Advil PM, Vimovo, Advil Cold and Sinus, Treximet, Naprelan '375', Naprelan, Aleve PM, Anaprox, Duexis, Hydrocodone/Ibuprofen

Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica) may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests. The study, published March 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that sciatica patients improved to the same degree whether they were given pregabalin or placebo capsules. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from the low back through the hips and down each leg, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The pain typically shoots down the back of the leg, and some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness. The problem is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve – possibly from a herniated spinal disc. Pregabalin is prescribed to treat various forms of nerve-related pain. In the United ... Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Lyrica, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Sciatica, Advil, Aleve, Pregabalin, Motrin, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis, Vicoprofen, Naprosyn, Advil PM, Vimovo, Treximet, Advil Cold and Sinus, Naprelan '375', Naprelan, Aleve PM

Health Tip: Maintain Posture for Step Training

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Step training is a great way to burn fat and build muscle, but it's important to use the right technique. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Straighten your neck, but keep muscles relaxed. Never lock your knees. Put your shoulders back, lift your chest up and tuck your pelvis under. As you step up onto the platform, lean from your ankles rather than your waist. Don't bend at the hips. Avoid arching your back. Read more

Related support groups: Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Frozen Shoulder

Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – People with low back pain should try drug-free remedies – from simple heat wraps to physical therapy – before resorting to medication, according to new treatment guidelines. Low back pain is among the most common reasons that Americans visit the doctor, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP), which released the new guidelines on Monday. The recommendations put more emphasis on nondrug therapies than previous ones have. They stress that powerful opioid painkillers – such as OxyContin and Vicodin – should be used only as a last resort in some cases of long-lasting back pain. Another change: When medication is needed, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is no longer recommended. Recent research has shown it's not effective for low back pain, said Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the ACP. The good news, according to Damle, is that most people with shorter-term ... Read more

Related support groups: Oxycodone, Back Pain, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Cymbalta, Methadone, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Morphine, Codeine, Opana, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Subutex, Dilaudid, Meloxicam, Ultram, Sciatica, Opana ER, Advil

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