Hands-On Therapy May Spell Relief for Low Back Pain

March 19, 2013

Having an osteopath move your back muscles using techniques that include stretching, light pressure and resistance (called OMT) may trump ultrasound therapy for the relief of lower back pain, new research suggests.


Pricier, Intensive Whiplash Treatment May Not Pay Off: Study

December 17, 2012

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — More costly, intensive treatment is no better than usual care at hastening recovery from whiplash, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at more than 3,800 British whiplash patients to compare a more intensive approach to treatment (“active management”) against usual care at 15 hospital emergency departments.


Steroid-Related Meningitis Cases Now Total 91, CDC Says

October 8, 2012

All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was contaminated with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are still trying to track down patients who got the injections.


Timing May Be Key to Successful Back Surgery

November 4, 2011

FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) — Delaying treatment for a herniated disc beyond six months may reduce your chances of recovery, new research finds.
A study of nearly 1,200 U.S. patients found that those treated within six months of first experiencing herniated lumbar disc symptoms had less pain and disability years later than those who waited [...]


Study Questions Chiropractic's Impact on Back Pain

July 6, 2011

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) — For the millions of Americans with chronic low back pain, a silver bullet to alleviate the condition has yet to be identified, a new study suggests.
Reviewing 26 studies comparing spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) to other treatments such as medication, exercise or physical therapy, researchers from the [...]


Massage Beats Meds for Lower Back Pain, Study Says

July 5, 2011

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) — Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests.
Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain.


Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Won't Cause Chest Injuries, Study Contends

May 13, 2011

FRIDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) — Chest compressions during chiropractic spinal manipulation result in little or no risk of chest injury, according to new research.
The study, published in the May 13 online edition of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, measured and examined the force of chest compressions ranging from typical to extremely [...]


When Docs Own MRIs, Back Pain Scans Increase: Study

April 27, 2011

By Ellin HolohanHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are far more likely to refer patients complaining of lower back pain for an expensive MRI scan if they own or lease such imaging equipment, a new study indicates.
The Stanford University School of Medicine researchers also found that after orthopedists bought MRI equipment, their patients [...]


Rehab Program Gets Back Pain Patients Back to Work Sooner

March 17, 2010

People with chronic low back pain that keeps them away from work can recover an average of four months earlier if they take part in a specific type of rehabilitation program, a new study suggests.


Chronic Back Pain? Group Therapy Might Help

February 26, 2010

If you have stubborn low back pain, and physical therapy, chiropractic care, or other treatments haven’t helped, there’s something else that may be worth trying: group therapy.



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