Weak Hip Muscles Are A Risk Factor For Low Back Pain

When people are sedentary, such as sitting all day at work, they are at risk of having weak hip muscles.  Weak gluteal muscles are now seen as a risk factor for developing low back pain. PLoS One. 2017 Jul 17;12(7):e0177008. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177008. eCollection 2017. Amabile AH, Bolte JH, Richter SD. Author  Abstract BACKGROUND: Although the relationship between low…

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Curcumin

Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in ginger. It is an anti-inflammatory molecule, and similar to fish oil, it seems to be a metabolic syndrome band-aid. It has poor bioavailability and black pepper greatly enhances absorption. Summary Curcumin is the yellow pigment associated with the curry spice,…

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Back surgery may backfire on patients in pain

By Linda Carroll msnbc.com contributor updated 10/14/2010 8:55:44 AM ET Just a month after back surgery, Nancy Scatena was once again in excruciating pain. The medications her doctor prescribed barely took the edge off the unrelenting back aches and searing jolts down her left leg. “The pain just kept intensifying,” says the 52-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz.,…

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8 Ways Your Daily Routine Can Cause Lower Back Pain

Here’s how to fix your habits so you can beat nagging aches for good. By MAGGIE NIEMIEC SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Ah, low back pain. It’s the condition that unites us all. About 31 million Americans suffer from pain in their lower backs at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association—and 50 to 80% of us will…

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Do Bone Spurs Cause Back Pain?

Probably Not! This study shows the presence of an association between disc space narrowing, whereas no association was found between bone spurs and low back pain.  This is the first report regarding an association between disc space narrowing and neuropathic pain. The Association Between Self-reported Low Back Pain and Radiographic Lumbar Disc Degeneration of the…

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Why Maintenance Matters

By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h), Publisher I like being right. As a publisher, you have to be right the vast majority of the time. The other times are filled with apologies and published erratas, which at the very least tend to be embarrassing. As a chiropractic patient of 62 years, I have…

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Spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain—time for an update

In this article published in the Canadian Family Physician, the authors review the effectiveness, adverse events, cost-effectiveness, and patient satisfaction with using spinal manipulation for low back pain. André E. Bussières, Claude A. Gauthier, Gilles Fournier and Martin Descarreaux Canadian Family Physician September 2017, 63 (9) 669-672 We read with interest the Tools for Practice…

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Lower back pain may all be in the mind, study suggests

Sunday 3 September 2017 This article says that some people with chronic back pain have a sense of stiffness that seems to be set up in the brain to protect the back from further injury.  They found that when they measured how stiff the back tissues were, it was not as stiff as their brains’…

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Recurrences of Low Back Pain During the First 12 Months After Chiropractic Treatment

This study reports a very low recurrence rate of low back pain after chiropractic treatment.  In this study, the  recurrence rate after chiropractic treatment was 13.4%.   To put this in perspective, another study of people receiving usual non-operative care such as steriod injections for back pain from a herniated disc, have a recurrence rate…

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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain Compared to Physical Therapy and Medical Care

When comparing chiropractic treatment for low back pain to physical therapy, exercise, and medical treatment, these Canadian researchers found no real differences, and suggested that patient preference is important as to how they want their back pain treated.  They also found that one is not more expensive than the other. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 3;11(8):e0160037. doi:…

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