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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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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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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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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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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Are Non-Drug Treatments Effective Options for Chronic Back Pain?

In this article, they found out that if people change their lifestyles such as reduced smoking and alcohol and increased physical activity, they do better than people taking drugs only.  Coming in just behind medication was massages, heat application and acupuncture treatments. Is non-pharmacological treatment an effective option for chronic low back pain? Neuro Endocrinol…

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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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