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Time for school, spine school. Millions of people experience some type of back pain every year. Billions of precious dollars are spent chasing the pain. With these types of epidemic numbers, everyone can benefit from some education about spine pain. The answers to what's, why's and how's can help to dispel fear, frustration, and disappointment. Fear comes from the unknown. Frustration comes from the unclear. Disappointment comes from the unrealized. All of these "un" words can be undone with health education at spine school. Epidemics are solved with knowledge.
Come with me to school. I take on the questions and give you straight answers based on the latest research about the spine. With the right information, you can get on the road towards recovery. This information is not meant to replace a proper, thorough evaluation by the right doctor. Everyone is different and every situation is different; thus, individual evaluation is critical. However, not every doctor has the knowled...
Last month, the American Pain Society added to its recommendations to health care providers regarding the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain .
In addition, the Society decided to discuss openly procedures that could be risky to sufferers of low back pain, including recommendations on surgery and other invasive therapies.
Unfortunately, there is not a significant body of good evidence to justify unquestioningly embracing these new recommendations. It is difficult to find well-done clinical studies which support the use of a number of the more invasive treatments used for chronic low back pain.
The initial set of guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain were published in "Annals of Internal Medicine" last October. However, these recommendations dealt more with the initial evaluation of a low back pain patient, and included thoughts on what type of x-rays to order in addition to more conservative treatments such as massage/manipulation and exerci...
You've heard of snapping turtles, but how about snapping tendons? A snapping hip happens when the hip tendon of the iliopsoas muscle rubs over the hip bone. This medical problem isn't very common and mostly affects teenagers and young adults. Most of the adolescents with this problem are either dancers or runners (sprinters or long-distance runners). The problem of snapping iliopsoas is not dangerous or life threatening. However, it can be quite painful. The snap of the tendon over the bone can be felt and heard when the leg moves forward and back. Pain and aching occur in the groin area, making movement difficult. This problem can be treated with or without surgery. Treatment without surgery means medication, rest from activities that cause snapping, and stretching. Stretching the iliopsoas tendon must take place over a minimum of three months. This combination of treatment works for about one-third of the people affected. The other two-thirds say they feel better, but the symptoms con...
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