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Anti-seizure Meds Won't Ease Low Back Pain

Posted 15 days ago 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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