The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief – Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports magazine wrote up this article about back pain that I thought was interesting enough to share with you guys.  It talks about new guidelines put out by the American College of Physicians, and the guidelines mention things like spinal manipulation and acupuncture which up until recently, were not recommended treatments for back pain by…

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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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Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans

In a study including 150 military veterans with chronic low back pain, researcher Dr. Erik J. Groessl and his team from the VA San Diego Healthcare System found that veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use. Groessl is…

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Rounded shoulders: Ways to fix ‘mom posture’

Mon 24 July 2017 By Jon Johnson Reviewed by Gregory Minnis, DPT The term rounded shoulders is used to describe a resting shoulder position that has moved forward from the body’s ideal alignment. Rounded shoulders, sometimes known as ‘mom posture,’ are part of overall bad posture, and they can get worse if left untreated. There…

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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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