Back and Spine Pain

Persistent Back Pain Linked to Earlier Mortality in Older Women

Persistent Back Pain Linked to Earlier Mortality in Older Women

Frequent persistent back pain is associated with increased mortality in older women.

Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Disrupts Back Pain

Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Disrupts Back Pain

Dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation therapy may reduce pain and disability in patients with chronic lower extremity and back pain.

Subjective and Objective Well-Being Profiles in Chronic Back Pain

Subjective and Objective Well-Being Profiles in Chronic Back Pain

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Well-being was found to be associated with psychosocial resources and subjective evaluations to a greater extent than with objective measures in patients with chronic back pain.

Inflammatory Back Pain Resolves in Many Patients

Inflammatory Back Pain Resolves in Many Patients

Inflammatory back pain often resolves, while in 30 percent of patients it progresses to spondyloarthritis within 10 years.

Transformainal Epidural Steroid Injection Superior to Caudal in Lumbosacral Disk Herniation

Transformainal Epidural Steroid Injection Superior to Caudal in Lumbosacral Disk Herniation

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For patients with lumbosacral disk herniation being considered for epidural steroid injection (ESI) to treat back and radicular pain, transforaminal ESI may be superior to caudal ESI in terms of clinical outcomes.

Eight Factors Predict Pain After Spine Surgery

Eight Factors Predict Pain After Spine Surgery

An elastic net algorithm was used to create a predictive model of postoperative pain in the first 24 hours after surgery using a randomly selected training cohort.

Prediction Model Shows Accuracy in Estimating Outcomes After Low Back Surgery

Prediction Model Shows Accuracy in Estimating Outcomes After Low Back Surgery

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A multivariable prediction model for outcome after lower back surgery may reliably predict 12-month improvements.

Epidural Steroid Injection Outcomes and Prior Opioid Use

Epidural Steroid Injection Outcomes and Prior Opioid Use

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Opioid use prior to epidural steroid injections for degenerative spine diseases may not have an impact on the long-term effectiveness of the injections.

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.

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.

Disc Replacement Surgery for Low Back Pain Improves Long-Term Outcomes

Disc Replacement Surgery for Low Back Pain Improves Long-Term Outcomes

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Long-term, clinically important improvement in chronic low back pain can be achieved with lumbar total disc replacement and multidisciplinary rehabilitation in patients whose low back pain does not respond to conservative therapy.

Repeat MRI May Not Benefit Patients With Chronic Spine Pain

Repeat MRI May Not Benefit Patients With Chronic Spine Pain

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Repeated magnetic resonance imaging for chronic spine pain does not impact occurrence of surgical treatment or interval changes.

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.

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