Is it Low Back Pain or Sciatica?

Friday, 01 April 2016 by

Many patients with low back pain should consider physical therapy as a first line of treatment for their condition, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). An article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that in most cases of symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease, a common cause of

A study in Pain Research & Management suggests that data from electronic health records (EHRs) could be used to develop a predictive model for patients likely to develop low back pain (LBP).   In many cases, the researchers acknowledge, pain episodes and flare-ups naturally remit and recur in an episodic manner, and patients can engage

The United States is facing the worst “man-made epidemic” of opioid abuse in the history of modern medicine, and it is the direct result of poor research and outdated teaching practices, according to a leading pain expert. “There’s been over 200,000 deaths from prescription opioids and many more hundreds of thousands of overdose admissions, and

Nick Watney, with Low Back Pain that won’t heal, will sit out rest of year A month break to let his Low Back Pain back heal has turned into much longer for Nick Watney, who says he is done for the rest of the season. Watney, whose six PGA Tour victories include a World Golf

Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide. Of those, an estimated 100 million people live in the United States. It affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. And it involves more than just accidentally touching a hot stove and suffering a burn. It’s more than

If you live with low back pain, you may not be surprised by a new study in Neurology that suggests that pain relief is more important than improved mobility. Physical suffering, researchers found in a survey, disrupts people’s quality of life more than limited movement. This finding may change the way clinical trials of painkillers are conducted, as

Low back pain is one the most common medical conditions.1Twenty-six percent of men and 30% of women over 18 years old in the United States suffer from low back pain; for adults over 45 years old, the percentage is 32%. In Canada, a survey from Saskatchewan found that in a 6-month period, 5 in 10

According to findings in a recently published study, generalized joint laxity has little effect on fusion rates or the clinical outcomes of pain intensity and functional status, but it may have a negative effect on adjacent segment pathology after posterior lumbar interbody fusion. Researchers conducted a retrospective comparative study that included 37 patients with generalized joint

Adding to the already length list of reasons not to smoke, researchers have connected smoking to worsening degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine, according to research presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif. The cervical spine is located in the neck and is made up of bones

Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic lower back pain, but patients with comorbid psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety could experience significantly less pain relief with this therapy and may be more likely to abuse their medication. In a study published in Anesthesiology, Ajay Wasan, MD, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study of 55 chronic lower