One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain - Bob Marley
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"If you have never suffered from lingering low back pain, you’re lucky or, more likely, young. Up to 80 percent of us will experience low back pain at some point. And for most, there won’t be an identifiable cause.
In the past 10 years, the most popular nonsurgical medical treatment for “chronic, nonspecific” low back pain has been injection therapy, or shots into the lower back of various substances — usually cortisone but also liquid ibuprofen, morphine and vitamin B12. Doctors have been turning to injection therapy at a “disproportionately escalating rate,” according to an overview of back-pain treatments by a team led by Dr. Janna Friedly, a back specialist and an assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, because it’s relatively easy to administer, less invasive than surgery, can provide some pain relief for a few weeks for some people and is profitable for physicians.
But the benefits do not last, the latest science shows. In a commentary published in May in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers from the Netherlands point out that there is almost no evidence that the shots ease most people’s pain long term, even after multiple injections. Other recent studies have concluded that injections also do not significantly reduce the likelihood of back surgery later.
And in a particularly sobering study published in February, researchers found, to their surprise, that a small group of subjects with pinched nerves in their backs showed less improvement after injection therapy than a control group during a four-year follow-up period. Based on the available data, the JAMA authors conclude, doctors “should not” recommend injection therapy to their patients with chronic low back pain.
The lack of other options that can be administered in a doctor’s office, however, is frustrating to physicians and their patients, says Dr. Friedly. Doctors “want to be able to do something,” she says. But it may be that in their desire to treat back pain, doctors are compounding the problem and creating a disease state where none may exist. “I think we’ve begun pathologizing pain,” she says.
Since most adults develop an aching back at some point, Dr. Friedly says, it shouldn’t always be viewed as an abnormal condition that requires costly medical care. Having some back pain can be a normal aspect of aging that should be met with acknowledgment, patience and, even more important, a change in lifestyle, particularly exercising more.
According to a study published in March, a simple walking program can help adults strengthen their aching backs as much as a more complicated series of back exercises. A comprehensive review published in May in The Clinical Journal of Pain finds that there is “strong evidence for short-term effectiveness” of yoga against back pain, although whether the benefits last beyond a year is less certain. Other experiments have found that Pilates, stretching classes, acupuncture and stationary bicycling each provide some people with some pain relief, although in head-to-head studies, no one of those options is superior to the others.
And perhaps all of them work, to some degree, simply by distracting people. In a 2012 Japanese study, when adults suffering from chronic back pain visited an amusement park, their self-reports of pain dropped significantly, only to climb again as soon as the trip ended." Source: Gretchen Reynolds, Alternatives for Back Pain Relief, Well, The New York Times, July 18, 2013.
Alternative Therapies for Back Pain
Your back is killing you. You've gone to your internist. You've gotten a diagnosis and possibly medications and an injection. Still it hurts. You're ready to try just about anything. Alternative therapies are effective and can often be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.
Alternatives for Back Pain Relief
If you have never suffered from lingering low back pain, you’re lucky or, more likely, young. Up to 80 percent of us will experience low back pain at some point. And for most, there won’t be an identifiable cause.
Back pain making you miserable? Feel better with exercise, rest
TODAY has just launched a new series, all about the 100 million Americans who suffer from continuing pain -- something that costs an estimated $560 billion annually, according to the Institutes of Medicine. The series is called Feeling Better Head to Toe, and today, the focus is on back pain.
Mix and Match Several Alternative Therapies to Ease Back Pain
Non-invasive alternative therapies are often compatible with conventional treatments for back pain, have a relatively lower cost and can sometimes be done at home. Trying one or a combination (medicine, yoga and pilates, for instance) may significantly reduce pain. Remember, alternative therapies are not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, and if used improperly they may cause injury. Space limitations prevent discussion of all therapies available for treating back pain, so here are just five of my favorites.
Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It
More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.
America spends more than $80 billion a year on back pain treatments. But many specialists say less treatment is usually more effective.
In fact, there's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.
Piriformis Syndrome: A Pain In The...Back
Piriformis syndrome produces an intense, sometimes crippling pain deep in the butt cheek, usually just on one side. It's caused by jogging for miles, marathon sessions with the computer and with long commutes in a car. Many internists, neurologists and pain specialists aren't very familiar with this problem, and mistakenly think the source of the pain is in spinal nerve roots.
The Back Pain Most Surgeons Won't Find
Studies have found that 20 to 25% of all chronic lower back pain comes not from the spine but from the sacroliac, or SI, joint, which bears and transfers weight and movement from your upper body to your legs. When the ligaments wear out and the SI joint becomes unstable, it can generate a similar kind of sharp back pain -- or sciatica-like pain down your leg -- as a ruptured disc.
Advanced Spine Relief
Make today the day you transcend chronic back pain. At Advanced Spine Relief, we understand the toll constant pain can take on your family, work and quality of life. Even the most enjoyable activities can become overwhelming and difficult when you live with the physical and emotional distress that chronic back pain can cause.
Back Boot Camp
A demanding and unconventional physical therapy approach to chronic back pain created at the New England Baptist Hospital.
Back Pain During Pregnancy
Back pain or discomfort is common during pregnancy and should be expected to some degree by most women. Back pain may be experienced during any point of your pregnancy; however, it most commonly occurs later in the pregnancy as the weight of the baby increases. Back pain can disrupt your daily routine or interfere with a good night of sleep. The good news is there are steps you can take to manage the back pain that you experience.
We've updated our site with more healthy back tips and facts. Learn more about simple ways to protect your back every day!
This web site is dedicated to providing access to evidence-based information and quality products that assist in preventing and rehabilitating troubled backs.
BackPainExpert was formed to offer a unique reference point on advice on back pain remedies, treatments and pain relief.
Becker's Spine Review
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review features news and analysis on business and legal issues relating to orthopedic and spine practices.
Bones and Joints
Musculoskeletal conditions are currently the most common cause of chronic disability. Globally, the number of people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions has increased by 25 percent over the past decade. This is expected to continue increasing with the ageing of our populations. Affordable measures to prevent and treat musculoskeletal conditions are available...
A trusted place for answers about your back pain & leg pain.
One of the most well liked health care professions, chiropractic is the third largest primary health care field after medicine and dentistry.
Millions of people visit a doctor of chiropractic each year and just about everyone swears by their chiropractor. So, if your back ache isn't getting any better, give them a try. The added bonus is you probably won't end up on prescription drugs the rest of your life.
The international spine patients' information network.
Laser Spine Institute
For those suffering from chronic neck and back pain, daily life can be a painful struggle. Even the most enjoyable activities can be difficult to partake in when every movement brings up unbearable pain and discomfort. It's extremely common for patients to feel helpless, hopeless, depressed and out of options when short-term remedies fail to provide relief and pain medications cause unpleasant side effects.
Living with Back Pain
I have chronic back pain as a result of a back surgery gone wrong, this was 11 years ago. I am now 48 years young and still going strong. It is not always easy and those that don't have chronic pain will never understand the ups and downs we endure.
Low Back and Chronic Pain Relief
Glastonbury Chiropractor Blog...Low back pain relief from disc bulge, herniated disc, sciatica, leg pain, slipped disc and degenerated disc disease.
The purpose of this site is to serve as an education and information resource, for both patients and professionals, on topics related to vascular anatomy and pathology of brain, neck, and spine.
Very few people who feel pain in their low back have a serious medical problem. Ninety percent of people who experience low back pain for the first time get better in two to six weeks. Only rarely do people with low back pain develop chronic back problems.
With these facts in mind, you can be assured that back pain is common, that it usually only causes problems for a short period of time, and that you can take steps to ease symptoms and prevent future problems.
Extensive resources on back and neck conditions.
Spine Patient Society
The Spine Patient Society™ supports & advocates on behalf of patients who have suffered spine injuries or disorders. Patients with spine disorders often feel overwhelmed and alone in their pain and often feel like there is no place to turn for support.
Thousands of doctor written, doctor reviewed articles on back pain, neck pain, and related disorders; in-depth spine videos; vibrant discussion forums; doctor member profiles and online contact service; and more. Accurate, complete, unbiased health information you can trust.
SPINELINE provides impartial consulting to guide patient/clients towards informed and individually appropriate spine-care decisions.
SpineUniverse is the most trusted source of quality, doctor-written information on spine health. Our leading spine experts are here to help you find relief today from your back pain, neck pain, or other spine condition. Browse our exhaustive video library, get tips on back pain exercises, and visit our Community section to discuss your pain.
The Back Pain Authority
Welcome to The Back Pain Authority. When it comes to back, neck and sciatica pain, we have it all covered, from the causes and symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. We are an online community devoted to ending the epidemic of chronic pain in all forms. You are amongst friends here.
The Back Pain Blog
Knowledge is the key to success... and nowhere is this more apparent than in the task of rebuilding your back.
YourSpine.com makes it easier for consumers to find a qualified chiropractic professional, and aims to educate patients about the important role spinal fitness plays in their overall health. Well-educated, informed patients are equipped with the knowledge to take control of their health management and decisions for the duration of their lives.
Our multidisciplinany team of; surgeons, physicians, physiatrists, neurologist, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, case managers, vocational specialists, and psychological consultants are committed to providing the most comprehensive evaluation and management through the entire continuum of care.
The LivMD is a bone growth and muscle stimulation device specifically developed to increase bone density and quality, while also activating and conditioning the leg muscles in a safe and effective manner.
American Chiropractic Association.
Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) for the last century, manipulation has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently. Now, with today's growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more widespread attention.
American College of Rheumatology
Oh my aching back" can signal mechanical and, on occasion, even systemic illnesses that generate very real pain. In fact, back pain is associated with over 60 illnesses, and can result in serious disability and escalating medical bills. The good news is most individuals with low back pain improve within a week or two, and 90 percent of these episodes are resolved in eight weeks.
If you have back pain or neck pain, you have a lot of company. About 8 in 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back or neck pain often goes away in time–60% of back pain is gone within a week and 95% within 12 weeks. But if your pain persists for three months or more, it’s considered chronic pain, a tricky-to-treat condition that could be due to injury, overuse, arthritis, or spinal problems.
Back pain is a common complaint. Most people in the United States will experience low back pain at least once during their lives. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work.
On the bright side, you can take measures to prevent or lessen most back pain episodes. If prevention fails, simple home treatment and proper body mechanics will often heal your back within a few weeks and keep it functional for the long haul. Surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain.
Medical News Today
Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor's.
According to the NHS (National Health Service), UK, back pain is the largest cause of work-related absence in the United Kingdom. Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious.
If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Back pain is an all-too-familiar problem that can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that leaves you incapacitated. It can come on suddenly–from an accident, a fall, or lifting something heavy–or it can develop slowly, perhaps as the result of age-related changes to the spine. Regardless of how back pain happens or how it feels, you know it when you have it. And chances are, if you don’t have back pain now, you will eventually.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss, but individuals should contact a doctor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care. Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other nontraumatic causes is often preventable.
Transverse Myelitis Association
The Transverse Myelitis Association facilitates support and networking opportunities amongst families; provides educational information; functions as a clearinghouse for articles and research literature; and investigates, advocates for and supports research and innovative treatment efforts.
Back pain includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain or low back pain with sciatica. Nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain. Back pain symptoms may be relived with pain medication or pain killers.
Back pain is one of humanity's most frequent complaints. In the U.S., acute low back pain (also called lumbago) is the fifth most common reason for physician visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year. Back pain is second only to upper respiratory conditions as the stated cause of work loss. Also, it's the single leading cause of disability worldwide as Americans spend at least $50 billion each year treating it.
Make sure your yoga practice is helping, not hurting, your back.