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Radiofrequency Denervation May Provide Substantive Relief for Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation May Provide Substantive Relief for Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

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.

Managing Spinal Pain With NSAIDs?

Managing Spinal Pain With NSAIDs?

Meta-analysis indicates short-term NSAID use is generally safe and can relieve pain, but lacks clinically important benefits.

No Added Benefit for Naproxen-Diazepam Combination for Low Back Pain

No Added Benefit for Naproxen-Diazepam Combination for Low Back Pain

For patients with acute low back pain, the combination of diazepam plus naproxen does not improve functional outcomes or pain compared with naproxen use alone.

Little Benefits of NSAIDs for Back Pain

Little Benefits of NSAIDs for Back Pain

NSAIDs do not help most patients with back pain, according to a review published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Alleviates Low Back Pain Involving Sacroiliac Joint

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Alleviates Low Back Pain Involving Sacroiliac Joint

"The intra-articular PRP injection is an effective treatment modality in low back pain involving SIJ," the authors write.

Key Takeaways from Stanford's Back Pain Day 2016

Key Takeaways from Stanford's Back Pain Day 2016

According to Dr Mackey, successful enactment of the NPS will allow clinicians to "treat chronic pain as the chronic disease [they] know it to be, and as the public health crisis that [they] know it is."

Factors Predictive of Early Spondyloarthritis-Associated Lower Back Pain

Factors Predictive of Early Spondyloarthritis-Associated Lower Back Pain

This study also suggests that genetic factors, environmental factors and inflammation are independent predictors of radiographic progression in the SI joint in early axial SpA.

Is There a Link Between Low Levels of Vitamin C and Back Pain?

Is There a Link Between Low Levels of Vitamin C and Back Pain?

Results showed a significant link between serum vitamin C concentrations and the prevalence of low back pain.

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

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

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.

MAPCs Reduce Immune System Damage After Spinal Cord Injury

MAPCs Reduce Immune System Damage After Spinal Cord Injury

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

Risk of Unsatisfactory Spine Surgery Outcome Up With Workers' Comp

Risk of Unsatisfactory Spine Surgery Outcome Up With Workers' Comp

Meta-analysis shows increased risk ratio for unsatisfactory outcome after spine surgery.

Higher TENS Dose Could Ease Low Back Pain in Older Adults

Higher TENS Dose Could Ease Low Back Pain in Older Adults

Older adults achieve similar results to younger adults with higher TENS amplitude.

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

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

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.

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Effective for Chronic Pain Symptoms

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Effective for Chronic Pain Symptoms

Spinal cord stimulation delivered at 10-kHz improved chronic back and leg pain symptoms compared with lower-frequency therapy.

Provider Type Impacts Health Care Utilization in Low Back Pain

Provider Type Impacts Health Care Utilization in Low Back Pain

For new entries into care with low back pain, health care use up with physiatry versus primary care.

New Technology Helps Paralyzed Man Walk

New Technology Helps Paralyzed Man Walk

The Parastep, new technology developed at University of California, Irvine, has helped a paralyzed man walk for the first time since his early 20s.

Lower RASDS Complications For Higher Hospital, Surgeon Volume

Lower RASDS Complications For Higher Hospital, Surgeon Volume

Lower rates of preoperative complications seen in revision adult spinal deformity surgery.

Here Are 7 Everyday Causes Of Back Pain

Here Are 7 Everyday Causes Of Back Pain

Patients with back pain are sometimes unaware of everyday tasks that can contribute to their daily suffering.

Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density Ups Fracture Risk In Women With Discordant T-Scores

Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density Ups Fracture Risk In Women With Discordant T-Scores

Lower T-score for lumbar spine than femoral neck increases fracture risk, particularly in older women.

Should You Consider Vertebral Osteomyelitis In Patients With Continuous Back Pain?

Should You Consider Vertebral Osteomyelitis In Patients With Continuous Back Pain?

Since vertebral osteomyelitis is fairly rare, -- every year, two to six out of 100,000 people are diagnosed -- it is an often overlooked illness.

Earlier Physical Therapy May Help Older Patients With Back Pain, Study Shows

Earlier Physical Therapy May Help Older Patients With Back Pain, Study Shows

Extent of improvement in symptoms may be greater among those referred for early PT.

Clinical Decision Rule Can Help Categorize Those At Risk of Chronic Back Pain

Clinical Decision Rule Can Help Categorize Those At Risk of Chronic Back Pain

Eight-item rule deemed most parsimonious for classifying risk in patients with acute low back pain.

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs: Underused in Low Back Pain?

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs: Underused in Low Back Pain?

Drug selection, routes of administration should model other treatment protocols.

Survey Indicates Adults Sacrifice Due to Back Pain

Survey Indicates Adults Sacrifice Due to Back Pain

The majority of adults with back pain have had to reduce time exercising, playing with children, or having sex.

Back Pain Linked With Ancestral Ape Vertebral Shape

Back Pain Linked With Ancestral Ape Vertebral Shape

The researchers plan to undertake further investigations using 3D shape studies of ancient and modern human and primate vertebrae, and include other spinal diseases, such as osteoarthritis.

BCA Advocates Four-Step Plan To Relieve Back Pain

BCA Advocates Four-Step Plan To Relieve Back Pain

Chiropractic officials call attention to dangers of 'sedentary lifestyles.'

Spine Surgery Linked With Improved Sex?

Spine Surgery Linked With Improved Sex?

Through four years of follow up, only 15 to 20% of patients who underwent surgery reported pain with their sexual activity, while around 40% of patients treated non-operatively reported having pain.

E-Health Intervention May Help Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

E-Health Intervention May Help Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Increase in physical activity and weight loss recommended for many obese patients with LSS.

New Study Will Test European Treatment for Back Pain

New Study Will Test European Treatment for Back Pain

A study called Target will investigate if a European treatment model is more effective for preventing chronic back pain.

Patient, Other Factors May Sway Central Cord Syndrome Management

Patient, Other Factors May Sway Central Cord Syndrome Management

Patient, surgical, institutional factors influence surgical management and mortality.

Genetics May Play Role in Depression, Back Pain Link

Genetics May Play Role in Depression, Back Pain Link

The association between depression and lower back pain is due in part to genetics.

Manual-Thrust Manipulation Bests Mechanical For Short-Term LBP Relief

Manual-Thrust Manipulation Bests Mechanical For Short-Term LBP Relief

Greater reductions were noted in disability and pain when manual-thrust was compared with mechanical-assisted manipulation or usual care.

Multidisciplinary Approach Urged for Chronic Back Pain

Multidisciplinary Approach Urged for Chronic Back Pain

Continuation of multidisciplinary program improves disability, mental health over 30 months

Pre-Op Pain Helps Predict Pain Post Lumbar Surgery

Pre-Op Pain Helps Predict Pain Post Lumbar Surgery

Preoperative back pain and individual pain sensitivity may help predict postoperative pain after lumbar surgery.

Low Back Pain, Not Fear of Pain, Often Mediates Postural Sway

Low Back Pain, Not Fear of Pain, Often Mediates Postural Sway

Pain control should be a treatment component in the rehabilitation process to restore optimal postural control, according to findings from a recently-published study.

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