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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Yoga May Ease Pain, Up Function in Chronic Low Back Pain

Pauline Anderson January 13, 2017 Yoga may lessen pain and improve function in patients with chronic, nonspecific low back pain, a new Cochrane review suggests. However, it’s unclear whether yoga is more effective than other types of exercise, primarily because there’s so little evidence directly comparing these interventions, lead author L. Susan Wieland, assistant professor,…

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Low Back Pain [video]

Low Back Pain Video Low back pain affects up to 90% of the population, there are some yellow and red flags to keep in mind Watch Video on YouTube

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Treating Sciatica Pain in Older Adults

Sciatica is a condition and term used to describe leg pain that is usually accompanied by numbness and weakness. This condition can become debilitating and may affect up to 25% of the population. Currently, the majority of guidelines recommend pharmacological management for the pain relief of sciatica; however, the evidence supporting the use of medications…

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What’s the Best Mattress for Your Back?

Have you ever wondered “What type of mattress is best for my back?” Between the many types of mattresses available on the market—foam, coiled, water, as well as combinations of all these, not to forget further options between soft, medium, or firm—where do we begin? All of these variables make finding the right one truly…

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Do Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Help With Sciatica?

This reports shows that there is low- to very low-level evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help sciatic symptoms.  Since NSAIDs don’t work better than a placebo, and are more dangerous, they recommend that doctors consider this before prescribing these medications to people with sciatica. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for sciatica Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Oct 15;10:CD012382.…

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Ear Acupuncture May East Inflammation in Chronic Low Back Pain

I was reading on a study published in 2014 in the journal Medical Acupuncture where they were trying to figure out how ear acupuncture helps low back pain.  They thought it may have to do with inflammation, so they did blood tests for inflammation markers before treatment, 30 minutes after the first treatment, and every week for…

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Is Chiropractic Treatment For Teens With Back Pain Safe?

This study suggests that a treatment that chiropractors use, lumbar thrust manipulation, along with exercise for the treatment of low back pain in teens is a safe therapy.  They suggest more studies to determine the effectiveness. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 May;46(5):391-8. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6366. Epub 2016 Apr 6. Lumbar Thrust Manipulation and Exercise for…

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Causes of Back Pain You Don’t Normally Think About…

Between 80% and 90% of the general population will experience an episode of lower back pain (LBP) at least once during their lives. When it affects the young to middle-aged, we often use the term “non-specific LBP” to describe the condition. The geriatric population suffers from the “aging effects” of the spine—things like degenerative joint…

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