Researchers: Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain Comparable to NSAIDs

JULY 18, 2017 Spinal manipulation therapy was shown to have modest improvements on pain and function at up to six weeks in patients with acute low back pain (LBP), according to a study published in JAMA (2017;317:1451-1460). Moreover, the therapy was associated with only “temporary minor musculoskeletal harms,” according to the researchers. Paul G. Shekelle,…

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Burning Nerves Not Shown to Improve Chronic Low-Back Pain

July 13, 2017 JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Patients with chronic low-back pain originating at the facet joints, sacroiliac joints, or a combination of facet joints, sacroiliac joints, and intervertebral disks received a 3-month exercise program and psychological support. In addition, the intervention group received one to three radiofrequency denervation…

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Rib cage pain: Six possible causes

 Tue 27 June 2017 By Jayne Leonard Reviewed by Graham Rogers, MD Rib cage pain is a common complaint that can be caused by factors, ranging from a fractured rib to lung cancer. The pain associated with the rib cage may be sudden and sharp or dull and aching. Many cases of rib cage pain…

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If I Were Your Spine Surgeon…

Dr. David Hanscom, a spine surgeon gives his recommendations on back surgery in this article in the National Pain Report. July 1, 2017 As a spine surgeon, who has been practicing surgery for over 30 years, I have attacked top-level fellowship spine problems with a fury. Convinced that I could help almost anyone in pain…

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Surgical versus non-surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis

Authors’ conclusions: We have very little confidence to conclude whether surgical treatment or a conservative approach is better for lumbar spinal stenosis, and we can provide no new recommendations to guide clinical practice. However, it should be noted that the rate of side effects ranged from 10% to 24% in surgical cases, and no side…

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Uneven spinal motion can lead to chronic low back pain

European Spine Journal pp 1–9 Uneven intervertebral motion sharing is related to disc degeneration and is greater in patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain: an in vivo, cross-sectional cohort comparison of intervertebral dynamics using quantitative fluoroscopy Authors Alan Breen Cite this article as: Breen, A. & Breen, A. Eur Spine J (2017). doi:10.1007/s00586-017-5155-y Abstract…

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Yoga Just As Good As Physical Therapy For Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

This recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, compared Yoga to Physical Therapy for chronic low back pain.  They found that Yoga did just as well as Physical Therapy over a year, and both groups did not have to use as much medicine. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized…

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Physical Activity Important In Low Back Pain

This 2017 study suggests that people who are active for 75 minutes of vigorous-intensiy activity, or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week have reduced risk of reporting back pain. Examples of Vigorous Intensity: Race walking, jogging, or running. Swimming laps. Tennis (singles) Aerobic dancing. Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster. Jumping rope. Heavy…

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Low back surgery patients with previous hip replacement have worse pain after surgery

June 7, 2017 VIENNA — Patients who had previously undergone total hip replacement experienced less reduction of pain 1 year after low back surgery compared to patients with no prior total hip replacement, according to a presentation scheduled to be presented during the Free Papers award session for orthopaedics at the 18th EFORT Annual Congress…

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Spinal Mobilization vs Conventional Physical Therapy For Low Back Disc Degeneration

Chiropractors provide spinal mobilization and manipulation as part of their treatments for back pain due to spinal disc degeneration.  Int this study, they compared spinal mobilization to conventional physical therapy for chronic back pain due to disc degeneration, and they found that manual therapy like spinal mobilization is preferable to conventional physical therapy in order to…

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