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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The Low Back Curvature, Back Pain, and Herniated Discs

Looking at someone’s lower back from the side view, there should be a forward curve.  This forward curve is referred to a a lordosis.  This curve can be too much, normal, or not curved enough. This study shows a relationship between the loss of this curvature with back pain, disc herniation and disc degeneration. The…

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US Army phasing out sit-ups due to spine injuries

Finally, the Army is seeing a big problem that has been going on for some time now.  The way they do traditional sit-ups is causing back injuries in our Troops.  Here’s an article that reports on this issue.  If you want to learn now to do a save crunch style sit-up, go to this page…

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Spinal Manipulation Therapy – A Sham Procedure? A study says it actually might not be [Video]

You can watch Dr. Wilson’s comments on video HERE. Analyst: F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE by MedPage Today Staff April 11, 2017 Proponents have proclaimed a slew of benefits of spinal manipulation therapy, but most data is anecdotal. In this 150-Second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, discusses a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of the…

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BACK SURGERY:  Two Articles About A Professional Basketball Coach

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been dealing with off-and-on painful symptoms since he underwent back surgery in July 2015, and he is urging anyone with back issues to avoid making the same mistake he made. Read story 1 here, and story 2 here. If you know of someone who still has back…

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Leg Length Discrepancy and Degenerative Changes in the Hip Joint and Lumbar Spine

There is an article that shows an association (not a cause) between leg length inequality and developing arthritis in the hips and the low back. Some articles in the past have said that you need over 20 mm difference to cause problems, but this articles says anything over 5 mm difference can start to cause problems,…

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Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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