Gabapentin Seem to Offer Little Benefit, Substantial Risks in Low Back Pain

August 16, 2017 By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Gabapentinoids, increasingly used for chronic low back pain, offer little benefit and carry substantial risks in this setting, finds a systematic review in PLOS Medicine. Researchers examined eight randomized trials in which gabapentin or pregabalin was compared…

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Muscle Strengthening Activities Helps Reduce Odds Of Back Pain

This study showed that muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days/week is associated with lowering your odds of developing lower back pain. They used the Department of Health and Humans Services (DHHS) recommendations for muscle strengthening activities.  At the DHHS website, they say… Muscle-Strengthening Activities:  Strengthening activities work all the major muscle groups – legs,…

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Health and Spirituality

July 27, 2017 Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD1; Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH2,3; Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH1,4 JAMA. Published online July 27, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8136 For centuries, physicians and other healers have witnessed how illness focuses attention on “ultimate meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and … relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred.”1…

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Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You

Imagine chiropractic care as a pain management option at hospitals nationwide. Not as far-fetched as you might think now that The Joint Commission, which currently evaluates and accredits more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs throughout the U.S. – including nearly 90 percent of all U.S. hospitals – has issued revised pain assessment and…

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Sonography May Aid Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Arthritis

Some doctors still provide hyaluronic acid (rooster comb) injections for knee osteoarthritis.  This article published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases suggests that doctors who use guided ultrasound while performing the injection get better results. MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Sonography-guided hyaluronic acid injection may yield better results than surface anatomy-guided injection in…

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Rooster Comb Injections For Hip Osteoarthritis?

The authors of this study concluded, “We do not recommend viscosupplementation for hip osteoarthritis. Compared to placebo, data shows scarce evidence of its efficacy up to 3 months, and suggests no difference at 6 months.” AUGUST 14, 2017 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Leite VF, et al. This meta–analysis intended to evaluate the efficacy…

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Four symptoms define the piriformis syndrome

From this article in the European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology they found that these four symptoms: Buttock pain, pain aggravated on sitting, External tenderness near the greater sciatic notch Pain on any maneuver that increases piriformis muscle tension,and Limitation of straight leg raising were the most accurate tests that could indicate that you…

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Glucosamine Supplements Don’t Help Knee or Hip Arthritis Pain

I see some articles that says Glucosamine supplements help, and some say it doesn’t.  Here’s another one that says glucosamine supplements don’t. By Carolyn Crist August 11, 2017 (Reuters Health) – Oral glucosamine has no more effect than placebo on joint pain, according to a new meta-analysis. The analysis of randomized controlled trials from which data have…

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An Eye to Health: Diet and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

by William C. Ou, BS; Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD June 27, 2017 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the developed world, with advanced AMD affecting approximately 2 million people in the United States.[1,2] AMD is characterized by damage to the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. In…

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Reducing Pain Medications Using Acupuncture in the Military

In this study in Medical Acupuncture, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased and patients reported improved symptom control, ability to function, and sense of well-being after receiving courses of acupuncture by their primary care physicians.  This is good news, considering the opioid epidemic going on in America today.  Let’s help our veterans! Reduction in Pain…

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