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Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds

  Surgery and more conservative treatments provide similar long-term outcomes for people with spinal stenosis, a new study suggests. Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that leads to back and leg pain and other symptoms. The study included more than 650 spinal stenosis patients who had surgery or received nonsurgical treatment such as […]

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Back Pain

About 80 percent of the adults in the U.S. have been bothered by back pain at some point. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who experienced lower-back pain in the past year but never had back surgery. More than half said the pain severely limited their daily routine for […]

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Smoking is a risk factor for back pain and disc disease

    Smoking is a known risk factor for back pain and disc disease. In a new study presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers reviewed smoking cessation rates and related pain in 6,779 patients undergoing treatment for spinal disorders with severe axial (spine) or radicular […]

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Back pain researchers identify current priorities

    Low back pain primary care researchers indicate that the identification and management of specific subgroups of patients and translation of research into clinical practice should be the most important current priorities, according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of Spine Back pain researchers identify current priorities   When I perform […]

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Integrating massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture in university clinics: A guided student observation

This is an interesting article on the observed behaviors of clinicians who treat patients……   “Full citation:Estrin Dashe AA. Integrating massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture in university clinics: A guided student observation. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork 2012;5(2):3-8.Purpose: This paper presents the results of pilot research focusing on the observations massage therapy students made about complementary […]

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The Price Tag of Back Pain

The Price Tag of Back Pain [INFOGRAPHIC] – Infographic List   I read an article in a healthcare research journal in the past year that stated that there’s actually more than 200 different types of treatment for low back pain. No wonder the public is confused! You can spend a lot of money on back […]

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Low Back Pain Prevalence

The last article I posted was interesting regarding the activity-limiting prevalence of low back pain.  I thought I’d go over some of the current epidemiology of low back pain prevalence. The point prevalence of low back pain is 25%, which means that at any given point in time, 1 out of 4 people in the […]

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