Back & Spine Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation May Provide Substantive Relief for Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation May Provide Substantive Relief for Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

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Radiofrequency denervation of thoracic facet joints may provide pain relief comparable to that achieved for cervical and lumbar facet joints.

Opioid Prescription Patterns in Patients With Back Pain and Depression

Opioid Prescription Patterns in Patients With Back Pain and Depression

Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Does Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduce Disability From Low Back Pain?

Does Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduce Disability From Low Back Pain?

Neither manipulation nor functional therapy affects pain, quality of life, or spinal mobility.

Can Provocative Discography Up Risk of Clinical Disc Problems?

Can Provocative Discography Up Risk of Clinical Disc Problems?

More lumbar surgeries in patients undergoing discography, and more medical visits, work loss, pain.

Establishing a Spine Patient Registry

Establishing a Spine Patient Registry

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Two primary medical specialties are joining their efforts to establish a clinical data registry for patients with injuries of the spine.

Neck Pain From Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease More Likely in Women

Neck Pain From Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease More Likely in Women

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Prevalence of cervical degenerative disc disease tended to be 1.38 times higher in women (4.5%) than in men (3.3%).

Clinical Dilemmas: Prescribing Opioids Concurrently With Medical Cannabis

Clinical Dilemmas: Prescribing Opioids Concurrently With Medical Cannabis

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Does your pain clinic currently allow the use of cannabis in combination with opioid medication? If so, has a maximum THC threshold been identified? How have your patients responded to such treatment?

Indication-Specific Protocols to Reduce CT Radiation

Indication-Specific Protocols to Reduce CT Radiation

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While maintaining an acceptable level of diagnostic image quality, simple methods could help reduce CT radiation exposure.

Intradiscal Biacuplasty Improves Outcomes in LBP

Intradiscal Biacuplasty Improves Outcomes in LBP

Clinically superior mean outcome measures with IDB and conservative medical management.

Smoking Linked To Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Neck Pain

Smoking Linked To Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Neck Pain

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Active smokers had a worse cumulative degenerative disk disease score by an average of 1 point.

Effects of Pain Catastrophizing on Women With Chronic Low Back Pain

Effects of Pain Catastrophizing on Women With Chronic Low Back Pain

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Understanding how pain catastrophizing works can assist clinicians with providing effective treatments to patients with chronic pain.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Efficacy Not Affected By Smoking, Obesity

Spinal Cord Stimulator Efficacy Not Affected By Smoking, Obesity

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The researchers found that the average pain score did not differ between the smoker vs non-smoker groups or between different groups for BMI.

Epidural Steroid Injections May Reduce Health Care Spending for Low Back Pain

Epidural Steroid Injections May Reduce Health Care Spending for Low Back Pain

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Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may lower health care spending in patients with low back pain.

Discrepancies Between Physical, Radiologic Findings and Physical Limitations

Discrepancies Between Physical, Radiologic Findings and Physical Limitations

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This case study highlights discrepancies between physical and radiologic findings and physical limitations in a patient with cervical and lumbar pain complaints.

Earlier Rehabilitation Following Spinal Cord Injuries May Lead to Better Outcomes

Earlier Rehabilitation Following Spinal Cord Injuries May Lead to Better Outcomes

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Rehabilitation following traumatic spinal cord injuries may lead to better outcomes, according to new research.

Ankylosing Spondylitis: New Guidelines Developed for Treatment

Ankylosing Spondylitis: New Guidelines Developed for Treatment

Evidence-based treatments recommendations for ankylosing spondylitis, nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

Acupuncture and Pharmacotherapy: A Dual Approach to Spinal Injury Pain

Acupuncture and Pharmacotherapy: A Dual Approach to Spinal Injury Pain

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Acupuncture and pharmacotherapy may have synergistic effects on neuropathic pain.

Neuromodulation: An Option for Refractory Hand Pain?

Neuromodulation: An Option for Refractory Hand Pain?

A review of different approaches for preventing transmission of pain signals to the brain.

The Power of Suggestion

The Power of Suggestion

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Have you seen the "power of suggestion" provide relief to patients in chronic pain?

Low Back Pain: First-Line Opioids Increase Risk for Long-term Use

Low Back Pain: First-Line Opioids Increase Risk for Long-term Use

New data suggests a decline in emergency room opioid prescribing rates.

CDC Officials Issue Recommendations for Zika Virus to Health Care Providers

CDC Officials Issue Recommendations for Zika Virus to Health Care Providers

Ask about recent travel to high-risk areas and symptoms such as sudden fever.

The Power of Emotion on Chronic Pain

The Power of Emotion on Chronic Pain

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The correlation between mental health and how well chronic pain is controlled has been well established, and this particular case appears to demonstrate this relationship quite well.

Motor Control Exercise Can Help Ease Lower Back Pain

Motor Control Exercise Can Help Ease Lower Back Pain

Specific exercises to improve coordination of muscles that control and support spine.

How Patients Can Prevent Injuries During Winter Storms

How Patients Can Prevent Injuries During Winter Storms

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Notifying patients of potential winter storm-related harms ahead of time may help reduce injuries during blizzard-like conditions.

MAPCs Reduce Immune System Damage After Spinal Cord Injury

MAPCs Reduce Immune System Damage After Spinal Cord Injury

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Researchers found that MAPCs were able to modulate the aggressive behavior of macrophages in lab animals.

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Decreased Motor Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Decreased Motor Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

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Researchers uncover new data on brain reorganization after spinal cord injury.

Neuromuscular Disorders May Increase Risk Of Cardiac Arrest During Pediatric Spine Surgery

Neuromuscular Disorders May Increase Risk Of Cardiac Arrest During Pediatric Spine Surgery

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While overall risk remained low, children with neuromuscular disorders were 3 times more likely to suffer from cardiac arrest during spine surgeries.

Patients Lack Understanding of Spinal Surgeon Compensation

Patients Lack Understanding of Spinal Surgeon Compensation

Survey shows discontinuity between spine surgeon compensation and patients' perceptions.

Can D-Dimer Levels Predict DVT in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury?

Can D-Dimer Levels Predict DVT in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury?

Only D-dimer level at two weeks after injury accurately predict deep vein thrombosis formation.

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