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14 May

The Impact of Low Back Pain on Your Career

An estimated 40 million U.S. workers suffer from low back pain.

12 Mar

Back Pain Isn't Just An Adult Problem

How many kids are experiencing back pain and why?

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TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A well-organized backpack helps ensure that your child has everything needed for school. Problems start when it becomes overloaded. Lugging around a heavy pack can lead to bad posture, back pain and worse.

The problem is so pervasive that the American Occupational Therapy Association created National School Backpack Awareness Day. It's held e...

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If your back aches while on the job, you have plenty of company: New research shows that nearly 40 million American workers suffer from chronic lower back pain.

In all, that's more than a quarter of the workforce reporting lower back pain severe enough to affect their ability to work. As striking as these findings are, the researchers believe t...

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you neglecting or even unaware of the muscles in your back? If so, you're putting yourself at risk.

The trapezius is the diamond-shaped muscle that runs from neck to middle back and from shoulder to shoulder across the back. The latissimus dorsi -- or "lats" -- are the large back muscles that run from either side of the spine to your w...

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes?

Keeping your core muscles -- the workhorses that stabilize your spine -- flexible with a stretching routine can help prevent this common occurrence and protect your back in general.

The Pelvic Tilt targets your lower back and your abdominals. L...

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As American kids pack on the pounds, the number of those with back pain is on the rise.

One in three between the ages of 10 and 18 said they had backaches in the past year, according to a survey of about 3,700 youngsters. The incidence rose along with kids' age and weight and was higher among those who play competitive sports.

Thou...

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting cement into broken vertebrae to stabilize an osteoporosis-related spinal fracture does little to reduce pain and disability, a new report says.

Two surgeries are used for these types of fractures: vertebroplasty, in which medical grade cement is injected into broken vertebrae to fuse the fragments together; and balloon kyphoplasty,...

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To strengthen your back -- the most commonly injured part of the body -- it's important to condition both the muscles in it and the ones that support it, notably the abs.

Here are four moves to boost back fitness:

For the bird dog, start on your hands and knees. Tighten your abs and simultaneously lift your right arm and your left...

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests.

The study, of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients, found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid.

The res...

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost no one is immune to occasional low back pain. But when it's chronic, when simple movement seems impossible, it can keep you from enjoying life. And painkillers aren't always the answer.

Why not try meditation rather than medication?

Research has shown that mind-body practices can help. These include yoga and cognitive behavior...

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with disabling back pain may one day receive replacement spinal discs grown from their own stem cells, researchers say.

Preliminary results in goats are encouraging, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers who've been working toward this goal for about 15 years.

In their latest effort, the team implanted bi...

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) --What if a simple zap to the spine could relieve the debilitating lower back and leg pain brought on by a herniated disk?

Such is the promise of "pulse radiofrequency" therapy (pRF), which sends inflammation-reducing pulses of energy to nerve roots in the spine, a new study claims.

The therapy is not new, having first received U.S. Fo...

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says.

"The back is a complex structure with many delicate parts, but with good judgment and healthy lifestyle habits -- including proper lifting, good posture and exercise -- it's possible to avoid common back pain caused by strained muscles...

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulating a specific set of nerves that are nestled along the spine may deliver relief to those who suffer from chronic back pain and cut the need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests.

The therapy, which targets the root ganglion nerves, is more effective than other spine stimulation procedures because it places tiny leads precisel...

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research pinpoints three genes responsible for skeletal development that appear to be connected to chronic back pain.

The study authors said their findings could shed new light on the biological factors involved in the development of the condition and lead to new treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability around the...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all.

New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a "dummy" sugar pill, eliminating their need for strong medication.

About half the chronic back pain patients in a new stu...

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Low back pain is a common health complaint. And if it sidelines you for too long, it can lead to weight gain, a loss in your fitness level and keep you from doing things you love.

But not moving isn't the answer -- specific exercises can help you get back to everyday activities. If you're under the care of an orthopedist or physical therapis...

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga and Pilates are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, medical experts say.

These low-impact workouts don't require special equipment and, after initial training, can be done at home to improve physical and mental health.

"Both use your own body weight and can be tailored for levels from beginner to advanced," said D...

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for treatment of lower back pain more often over the past decade.

There's just one problem -- these drugs don't really help.

A series of clinical trials have shown that anticonvulsants are no good at easing either lower back pain or nerve pain shooting down a leg d...

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found.

Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said.

"This study provides the strongest evidence to da...

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain.

In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this can cut your risk of diabetes by more than a third, plus ...

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say.

Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling wi...

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief.

Helping patients think differently about pain and encouraging them to move in ways they previously feared appears to ease pain and improve function, researchers say.

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WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report.

Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education and urging patients to stay active and working....

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds.

With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don't have to be the first choice against crippling arthrit...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The onset of back pain among runners may stem from a general weakness in their deep core muscles, new research indicates.

Such deep muscles are located well below the more superficial muscles typified by the classic six-pack abs of fitness magazine fame, the researchers noted.

Using computer simulations, they found that runners wi...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new treatment that aims electrical pulses at irritated nerves around the spinal cord appears effective at relieving chronic lower back pain and sciatica, a preliminary study suggests.

The minimally invasive procedure, called image-guided pulsed radiofrequency, eased lingering pain in 80 percent of 10 patients after a single 10-minute trea...

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A well-executed dive may look graceful and effortless, but competitive diving can take a toll on the body, a doctor warns.

"Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether traumatic or from overuse," said Dr. Nathaniel Jones, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.

Jones n...

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore.

Known as Emma (for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation), the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers.

It is used alongside a doctor and m...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates.

Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) is most often tied to spine and orthopedic disorders, but not surgery, said researcher and orthopedic surgeon D...

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mechanized "smart" undergarments may be the answer to back pain, according to researchers.

The Vanderbilt University engineers have created an undergarment that eases stress on the low back and activates only when a wearer needs it.

"I'm sick of Tony Stark [the fictional Iron Man] and Bruce Wayne [Batman's alter ego] being the only ...

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes.

Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds.

"Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that shoul...

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life.

A new report chronicles JFK's pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic inje...

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