If you have low back pain try these steps first

POSTED APRIL 03, 2017, 10:00 AM Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor Low back pain, the scourge of mankind: it is the second leading cause of disability here in the United States, and the fourth worldwide. It’s also one of the top five medical problems for which people see doctors. Almost every day that I see…

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Stretching Exercises vs Celebrex (anti-inflammatory) For Chronic Back Pain

This study shows that stretching exercises were almost the equivalent to that of taking the anti-inflammatory, Celebrex for chronic back pain. Therapeutic efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy versus exercise therapy in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a prospective study Naoto Takahashi FUKUSHIMA JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Vol. 63 (2017) No. 1 p. 8-15…

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Bed rest for back pain? A little bit will do you

  Published: February, 2015 Bed rest, once a key part of treating back pain, has a limited role in healing sore backs. In very small doses, bed rest can give you a break when standing or sitting causes severe pain. Too much may make back pain worse. Here is how to do bed rest “right.”…

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Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain?

The more it hurts, the less we move to try to protect it, but if we move more, it will hurt less. Kind of ironic, isn’t it. The article below describes a study that found that light to moderate activity helps to prevent or reduce chronic pain in arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia. Date: February…

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Placebo Plus Usual Treatment Achieves Clinically Significant Back Pain Relief

Patients who knew they were taking a placebo pill had 28% more pain relief and 30% less disability as the treatment as usual group. FEBRUARY 9, 2017 A placebo of a pill added to treatment as usual for chronic low back pain resulted in clinically significant improvements in patients who were informed about the placebo…

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Lumbar Support for Low Back Pain: Does It Work?

From: PAIN MEDICINE NEWS FEBRUARY 3, 2017 Lumbar support cannot be recommended for the management of nonspecific low back pain in the general population, according to a study conducted by a French research team affiliated with CHU Gabriel-Montpied Hôpital, in Clermont-Ferrand, France (Ann Phys Rehabil Med 2016;59S:e29). Charlotte Lanhers and her colleagues conducted a review…

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The drugs don’t work, say back pain researchers

Date: February 2, 2017 Source: George Institute for Global Health Summary: Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research. The findings of the systematic review reveal only one in six patients treated with the pills, also known…

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Clinical practice guidelines for the noninvasive management of low back pain

Brand new clinical guideline recommendations are published in the European Journal of Pain. According to high-quality guidelines, all patients with acute or chronic back have the option of receiving treatments that chiropractors use including spinal manipulation and manual therapy. Acupuncture is even included. Patients with herniated discs with sciatica may benefit from spinal manipulation as well.…

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The weather’s not to blame for your aches and pains

JANUARY 24, 2017 George Institute for Global Health News New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis. It’s long been thought episodes of both back pain and arthritis can be triggered by changes in the weather, including…

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Recent clinical trial discovers vitamin D supplementation reduces chronic low back pain

Posted on: January 18, 2017 by Amber Tovey A recent clinical trial published in the journal Pain Physician found that treating low vitamin D levels improved pain intensity and mobility among patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP). Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In fact, one-half of all working Americans…

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