Back Pain Relief

Study Investigates Cost Effectiveness Of Spinal Surgery

Jan 12 2009 - 8:02am

Back pain affects more than 80 percent of people and costs more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. But is the surgery cost effective? A study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center suggests that for patients with spinal stenosis, a laminectomy, or surgical removal of some soft bone and tissue, is a reasonable value.

However, for patients with spinal stenosis with associated slipped vertebrae, the benefits of spinal fusion surgery may not be enough to offset costs. The study is published in the December 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Unnecessary Spinal Surgery Will Waste Billions In 2009

Jan 9 2009 - 8:43am

During 2009, millions of Americans will undergo unnecessary and costly spinal surgeries and injections or be given mind-altering drugs that fail to eliminate their back pain -- unless their physicians recognize and treat the actual source of most back pain, says pioneering pain specialist, Norman Marcus, M.D.

It's muscles, not the spine, says Dr. Marcus.

Back pain is the most common disabling pain experienced by Americans, and, according to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will suffer from it during their lifetime.

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New Target May Improve Spinal Muscular Atrophy Symptoms

Jan 7 2009 - 12:22pm

There is no cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes the weakening of muscles and is the leading genetic cause of infant death, but University of Missouri researchers have discovered a new therapeutic target that improves deteriorating skeletal muscle tissue caused by SMA. The new therapy enhanced muscle strength, improved gross motor skills and increased the lifespan in a SMA model.

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Back Pain: Surgery Appears to be Superior to Exercise, Therapy

Jan 2 2009 - 11:08am

The updated results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) appeared in the December 1 issue of Spine. This study added 2 additional year on to the previously published 2-year results of research that had found that spine surgery out performs nonsurgical interventions for patients with lumbar disk herniation. Spine surgery does so by providing more rapid and greater relief in back pain symptoms and a greater improvement in function.

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MRI Emerges As Vital Resource Of Back Pain Treatment

Jan 2 2009 - 10:59am

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a growing technology providing an increasing number of clinical benefits when used in the evaluation of back pain according to an article in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It is predicted that over the next several years, additional technical developments will allow MRI to provide even more useful orthopaedic benefits.

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Adipose-derived regenerative cells beneficial in spinal disc treatment

Dec 8 2008 - 8:42am

Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTX) reported preclinical study results, which demonstrate the potential benefit of adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs) for the treatment of damaged intervertebral discs, evidenced by significantly increased disc tissue density and disc-specific extracellular matrix components at 12-months post treatment in a large animal model. The data were presented today at the 2008 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society meeting.

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Eight Ways to Prevent Back Pain

Oct 30 2008 - 5:59am

Did you know that most cases of back pain can be prevented? What's more, most cases of back pain go away by themselves - without special prescription drugs, doctor-prescribed physical therapy, and especially without surgery.

Here are eight steps you can take to prevent back pain from occurring at all and to help your back pain heal more quickly.

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Exercise Helps Reduce Pain, Disability After Lower Back Surgery

Oct 14 2008 - 8:55am

Lumbar spine (lower back) surgery is a common treatment for a herniated or "slipped" disk, and patients need to know whether it is better to sit still or get moving during their recovery period.

An updated review from the Netherlands suggests that exercise programs starting four to six weeks after the operation could lead to more rapid pain relief and a quicker recovery from disability — without increasing the risk of additional surgery.

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Long-Term Back Pain Relief Possible With Alexander Technique

Aug 21 2008 - 11:44pm

Alexander technique lessons in combination with an exercise programme offer long-term effective treatment for chronic back pain, according to a study published on BMJ.com today.

Back pain causes more disability than almost any other condition in Western societies, but very few effective long-term treatments are available to patients.

Previous research shows that the Alexander technique* and massage may help relieve back pain in the short-term, but little is known about the long-term outcomes.

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World’s First Genome-Wide Spinal Cord Atlas Unveiled

Aug 1 2008 - 8:23am

The ALS Association has joined a funding consortium of non-profit and private organizations to fund the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas, which was unveiled as the world’s first genome-wide map of the mouse spinal cord, key to the study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other diseases, disorders and traumatic injuries of the spinal cord.

Created by the Seattle, Wash.-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, the atlas enables researchers to access the free online data to advance their research surrounding these conditions.

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Spinal Cord Map Released

Jul 19 2008 - 10:06am
Spinal Cord Map

A major part of the map of spinal cords of mice is released by researchers from Allen Institute for Brain Science in Fremont.

Researchers were working several months in creating a map, which is to describe spinal cord of mice. The major part of the two-dimensional map is ready and it includes about 2000 genes. The map shows which gene is involved in spinal cord and clarifies functions for each gene.

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Biomechanical Comparison Of Lumbar Spine Instability

Jun 12 2008 - 10:11pm

A lumbar spine with posterior complex integrity is less likely to develop segment instability than a lumbar spine with a destroyed anchoring point for supraspinous ligament. Biomechanical comparison of lumbar spine instability between laminectomy and bilateral laminotomy for spinal stenosis syndrome- an experimental study in porcine model.

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New Method Eliminates Severe Low Back Pain The Natural Way

Jan 18 2008 - 12:08am

Dr. Thea Flock, author and spinal decompression doctor, has perfected a non-surgical treatment methodthat eliminates back and leg pain the natural way. Her new book offers hope and an easy-to-follow plan for reducing pain and improving mobility without dangerous drugs, invasive shots, or risky surgery.

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Latest Non-Surgical Technology Offers Relief for Severe Back and Neck Pain Within Only 20 Visits

Jul 25 2007 - 1:37am

The Low Back Clinic uses revolutionary non-surgical Spinal Decompression which has an almost 90% back pain treatment success rate in providing permanent relief to sufferers of conditions such as Disc Herniations, Spinal Arthritis, Disc Degeneration and Failed Surgery.

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