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  • Patients with severe back pain who quit smoking report less pain than patients who continue to smoke

    SourceMedical News Today

    For years, research has shown a link between smoking and an increased risk for low back pain, intervertebral (spine) disc disease, and inferior patient outcomes following surgery. A new study, published in the December 2012 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), also found that smokers suffering from spinal disorders and related back pain, reported greater discomfort than spinal disorder patients who stopped smoking during an eight-month treatment period.

    “This study supports the need for smoking cessation programs for patients with a painful spinal disorder given a strong association between improved patient reported pain and smoking cessation,” said Dr. Rechtine.

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  • Staying active may help low back pain

    SourceDaily Rx

    A recent study examined whether receiving professional guided advice during disability helped injured workers with low back pain return to work more quickly.

    Researchers hypothesize that a medical professional’s advice to remain active makes the claimant more positive and optimistic about their diagnosis. This optimism decreases mental stress, spinal loading and risk of injury.

    “The milder the case of low back pain the easier the healing,” said Dr. Shiao.

    “The body is always on the mend and can compensate quickly for an injured area. If sufficient blood flow is maintained through active but careful movement and the patient is generally positive, a mild case of low back pain can resolve on its own.”

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  • Shorter hospital stays seen in patients with spinous process fixation

    Patients who underwent posterior lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis with stenosis with spinous process fixation compared with pedicle screws had reduced operative times and hospital stays and improved outcome scores, according to a study presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.

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  • Back pain treatment called mild® hits milestone

    SourcePR Newswire

    The mild® procedure, an innovative outpatient back-pain treatment, has passed a major milestone – more than 12,000 patients have received the treatment across the U.S.

    mild® is an extremely safe procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain. It is a short outpatient procedure performed through an incision the size of a baby aspirin that requires no general anesthesia, no implants and no stitches. Its efficacy and safety have been demonstrated in 11 clinical trials and 12 physician reviewed clinical journal articles.

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  • 5 tips for lower back pain after running

    SourceBack Pain Relief Daily

    Running is a form of exercise with a high level of impact due to the pounding of one’s feet on the ground at regular intervals. This thumping of your feet on the hard ground continuously causes a sort of shock to be sent to the spine which may cause lower back pain. If one is not careful, this lower back pain could become chronic. There are several steps that you can follow to avoid this back pain after running. The 5 tips for lower back pain after running are:

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  • Spotting spinal arthritis early

    SourceDaily Rx

    Patients with chronic back pain caused by inflammation should be screened for ankylosing spondylitis. That is because inflammatory back pain is an early sign of ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that affects the spine.

    Early diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis gives patients a better chance at controlling pain and slowing joint damage. Because inflammatory back pain is an early sign of ankylosing spondylitis, it could be used to diagnose this painful form of inflammatory arthritis.

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  • How do we experience back pain?

    SourceDaily Rx

    Lower back pain is a nebulous and common problem. Often, the cause of chronic pain can be traced back to a specific cause such as lumbar spinal stenosis, or degenerative disk disease.

    But typically, lower back pain comes from something more difficult to diagnose, like overuse, strain, or stress.

    It’s also important to try to avoid back pain by staying active, and having proper ergonomics while sitting at your desk, if that’s what you do all day. Keep your body relaxed and position your computer screen at eye level. A quick exercise or two can help stave off back pain.

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  • Good news for short term back pain

    SourceDaily Rx

    Low-back pain is a common condition that can affect every day life through discomfort, health care costs, disability and loss of work. Luckily, most back pain is alleviated in the course of six weeks.

    Researchers have identified that patients with low-back pain improve quickly within the first six weeks of seeking care.

    This is particularly true for those whose symptoms have been ongoing for less than 6 weeks. Those with back pain that has lasted for 12 weeks to one year at the time of seeking treatment find more difficulty in alleviating their symptoms.

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  • Lumbar spinal fusion plus laminectomy yields improved results over laminectomy alone for degenerative spondylolisthesis

    Patients with degenerative grade I spondylolisthesis with lumbar spinal stenosis may experience improved quality of life after undergoing a laminectomy with lumbar spinal fusion vs. laminectomy alone, according to findings presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.

    According to the release, the researchers concluded that lumbar spinal fusion in addition to laminectomy for the treatment of degenerative grade I spondylolisthesis was associated with superior SF-36 PCS outcome, resulting in fewer reoperations within 4 years of the procedure.

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  • Intra-articular facet fractures more easily detected with CT scans than MRI

    In a cohort of elite athletes presenting with localized spine pain and back extension, researchers found CT imaging superior to MRI in the detection of intra-articular sacral facet fractures.

    The authors concluded early diagnosis and treatment increases the chance of pain relief and return to sport for patients with sacral facet fractures.

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