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Dealing with a pain in the butt …

  “I have been having severe pain in my butt cheek area for the past three months. It started at this summer job I had in June. I would be sitting at my desk for long periods of time and after a while my butt would start feeling very sore and painful with occasional pain […]

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Health Tip: Dealing With Low Back Pain

  Low back pain can result from an injury or from degeneration of disks between the spine’s vertebrae. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to manage with low back pain: Ask your doctor about taking medication, such as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory drug or a steroid. Consider physical therapy, an exercise program for […]

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Self-rated low physical capacity tied to low back pain

Charlotte D.N. Rasmussen, of the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, and colleagues surveyed 1,612 female health care workers to determine how their self-assessed physical capacity was associated with the development of LBP in the subsequent two years. Each health care worker assessed their own physical capacity on the basis of strength, […]

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Should you skip the MRI?

  If you head to the doctor with low back pain, you may be sent for magnetic resonance imaging to look for spinal abnormalities that could be triggering your discomfort. But the American College of Physicians and other physician groups have launched a campaign to end routine imaging for low back pain because there’s no […]

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Back Pain Remedies That Won’t Sabotage Your Health

  Steroid injections can be helpful for some people with debilitating back pain, and they’re generally safe. But a recent mixup of tainted vials from a recalled batch of steroid shots led to an outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis. To date, the disease has killed 15 and affected hundreds. If you suffer […]

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Is surgery the best way to correct back problems?

  Q: Can you operate to cure back pain? A: In most cases, sadly there is very little that spinal surgery can do to help with long-term back pain. (If I could cure back pain I would probably have retired by now!) There are, however, some rare and important conditions that often get overlooked or […]

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Specific exercises can ease sciatica pain

Nerves of right leg, anterior and posterior aspects (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Evidently this person has had sciatic pain for 3 months! Q: I have had sciatica since April 1, and it has really been and still is painful. I have tried swimming at the Y, massage and taking acetaminophen 500 milligrams three times a day […]

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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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Low Back Pain On Planet Earth

There’s  lot of low back pain on planet earth!  This article talks about  prevalence of  activity-limiting low back pain as 12%. That means that at any given time 12 out of 100 people can’t be active due to low back pain on planet earth. In one month that rate increases to 1 out of 4 […]

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