New retrospective data highlighting Spinal Cord Stimulator System demonstrate the device provided sustained and highly significant relief of low-back pain six months after implantation.  Results were presented at the World Institute of Pain (WIP) 7th World Congress in The Netherlands in 2014. The retrospective study of 213 patients with low back pain at 13 centers

When people are depressed, they tend to feel pain more acutely. Having less pain can relieve depression. Attacking both problems at once can produce a double benefit. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are studying the most effective means of treating chronic low back pain and symptoms of depression, together  in those

Colleagues from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland conducted a retrospective chart review of 127 WC patients with low back pain seen in consultation by a single spine surgeon over a two-year period at a university medical center. Putative risk factors for nonorganic pain were identified. The conclusions include that a significant association between certain

In lieu of an “open” back surgery for relief from facet joint pain, a more refined procedure known as endoscopic rhizotomy has made its way into the forefront. The problem is that endoscopic rhizotomy is still surgery, as minimally invasive is still invasive. Integrity Life Sciences has non-surgical alternatives for posterior facet syndrome. Problems with

In a new study a team of Australian researchers compared the onset of low back pain among 993 patients with meteorological records. They found no connection between back pain and changes in temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. (They did discover  a slight association between an increase in wind speed and low back

The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases recently published online in the January 30 and March 24 publications on Low Back Pain (LBP) and the direct causes to more disability globally than any other condition. This is according to 2 studies published in 2014 sessions. As the world population continues to age, an urgent need exists

Using risk-stratification to guide the care of patients with low back pain in primary care has major benefits and does not increase costs according to a new report published in the Annals of Family Medicine. The report emphasized that stratified care improved disability outcomes and reduced time off work, findings that support wider implementation of

For decades, many doctors have been ordering more and more unnecessary tests, narcotics and referrals for surgery. “Most routine low back pain will improve on its own with conservative therapy in three months, often shorter than that,” said Dr. Bruce E. Landon, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “Even more importantly, when

A newly developed extended-release drug for the treatment of Low Back Pain (LBP) by drugmaker Purdue Pharma recently announced results from a Phase 3 study of an extended-release formulation of hydrocodone bitartrate compared with placebo in patients with chronic low back pain. The study drug met its primary efficacy endpoint of the reduction of mean

Top Neurosurgeons Kraus and Oishi find majority of patients don’t need spine surgery in order to heal. These Neurosurgeons often help most patients improve back pain and neck pain without an operation. “Most patients don’t need to see the inside of an operating room” according to Masaki Oishi, M.D., Ph.D. “So don’t live in fear

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