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29 Jul
More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

More Than Half of Americans Plagued by Back, Leg Pain

There's much Americans may disagree on, but many share one thing in common: chronic pain.

More than half of U.S. adults suffer from pain, with backs and legs the most common sources, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Nati...

09 Jul
No Evidence Muscle Relaxants Can Ease Low Back Pain

No Evidence Muscle Relaxants Can Ease Low Back Pain

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Although tens of millions of Americans turn to muscle relaxants for lower back pain relief, a new Australian review finds little evidence that such drugs actually work.

That's the conclusion of a deep-dive into ...

20 May
Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Two-thirds of spinal fractures suffered by American children and teens occur in car crashes when they aren't wearing seat belts, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 34,500 U.S. patients younger than 18 who suffered spinal fractures between 2009 and ...

30 Dec
What Exercise Regimen Works Best to Ease Lower Back Pain?

What Exercise Regimen Works Best to Ease Lower Back Pain?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Chronic lower back pain can make the most routine tasks difficult. But a new study suggests patients can learn new, practical and less painful ways to move through individualized "motor skills training," or MST.

A two-year study of...

29 Dec
Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural America

Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural America

A shortage of neurologists in rural parts of the United States means that people in those areas are less likely to receive specialized care for conditions such as stroke, dementia and back pain, a new study claims.

"Neurologists in the United States are not evenly spread...

23 Oct
'Tough Guy' Mentality Keeps Athletes in Denial About Pain

'Tough Guy' Mentality Keeps Athletes in Denial About Pain

A culture of toughness and resilience is encouraged among elite college rowers, but it can keep them from reporting injuries, a new study finds.

There's an overall myth among athletes that admitting pain is a sign of weakness and failure, the researchers said.

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09 Jul
In Many Cases, Hip Replacement Also Eases Back Pain

In Many Cases, Hip Replacement Also Eases Back Pain

If you have a bad hip and lower back pain, a new study suggests that hip replacement surgery may solve both issues at once.

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City focused on 500 patients who underwent hip replacement surgery and followed up ...

01 Jul
Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?

Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?

Back pain plagues many Americans, and new research shows that doctors are doling out muscle relaxant prescriptions to treat the pain -- often along with an opioid painkiller.

Experts worry that muscle relaxants may not help much and could cause troubling side effects...

22 Jun
Drug Might Relieve Low Back Pain in Whole New Way

Drug Might Relieve Low Back Pain in Whole New Way

A new nonopioid pain reliever could be welcome news for people who have difficult-to-treat back pain.

Tanezumab is what's called a monoclonal antibody. And it might offer extended relief from chronic lower back pain, a large, new study finds. However, a serious side ...

19 Jun
Working From Home?  Posture, Ergonomics Can Make It Safe

Working From Home? Posture, Ergonomics Can Make It Safe

If you're working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic and expect to keep doing so, you need to be sure your work station is set up properly, an orthopedic specialist says.

You also need to take regular breaks to move around, according to Terrence McGee, a p...

16 Jun
Which Surgery Works Best for Lower Back Pain?

Which Surgery Works Best for Lower Back Pain?

Patients with lower back problems often worry about how much time they'll need to recover if they have surgery. A new study finds similar results for two common minimally invasive spine procedures.

Surgery may be recommended for degenerative conditions of the lower s...

01 Feb
Shovel That Snow, but Spare Your Back

Shovel That Snow, but Spare Your Back

Almost everyone gets stuck shoveling snow at some point during the winter. To prevent back pain and strain, one spinal expert has some advice.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Srinivasu Kusuma, from the University of Chicago Medicine Medical Group, noted it's all in the precau...

09 Oct
'Smartphone Slouching' More Serious Than It Sounds

'Smartphone Slouching' More Serious Than It Sounds

The health risks that spring from poor posture while using mobile devices don't concern many Americans, a new survey finds.

But maybe it should.

Poor posture can lead to health issues such as chronic pain in the back, neck and knees, circulation problems, h...

13 Aug
Building a Better Backpack

Building a Better Backpack

A well-organized backpack helps ensure that your child has everything needed for school. Problems start when it becomes overloaded. Lugging around a heavy pack can lead to bad posture, back pain and worse.

The problem is so pervasive that the American Occupational Th...

13 May
1 in 4 American Workers Struggles With Back Pain

1 in 4 American Workers Struggles With Back Pain

If your back aches while on the job, you have plenty of company: New research shows that nearly 40 million American workers suffer from chronic lower back pain.

In all, that's more than a quarter of the workforce reporting lower back pain severe enough to affect thei...

11 Apr
Step-by-Step Exercises for a Stronger Back

Step-by-Step Exercises for a Stronger Back

Are you neglecting or even unaware of the muscles in your back? If so, you're putting yourself at risk.

The trapezius is the diamond-shaped muscle that runs from neck to middle back and from shoulder to shoulder across the back. The latissimus dorsi -- or "lats" -- ...

21 Mar
Stretches to Strengthen Your Core

Stretches to Strengthen Your Core

Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes?

Keeping your core muscles -- the workhorses that stabilize your spine -- flexible with a stretching routine can help prevent this common occurrence and protect your back in general.

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12 Mar
One-Third of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain, Study Says

One-Third of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain, Study Says

As American kids pack on the pounds, the number of those with back pain is on the rise.

One in three between the ages of 10 and 18 said they had backaches in the past year, according to a survey of about 3,700 youngsters. The incidence rose along with kids' age and w...

24 Jan
Expert Panel Says Two Back Pain Procedures May Be Useless

Expert Panel Says Two Back Pain Procedures May Be Useless

Injecting cement into broken vertebrae to stabilize an osteoporosis-related spinal fracture does little to reduce pain and disability, a new report says.

Two surgeries are used for these types of fractures: vertebroplasty, in which medical grade cement is injected in...

22 Jan
4 Exercises for a Better Back

4 Exercises for a Better Back

To strengthen your back -- the most commonly injured part of the body -- it's important to condition both the muscles in it and the ones that support it, notably the abs.

Here are four moves to boost back fitness:

For the bird dog, start on your hands and k...

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