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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...
Tossing and turning because of low back pain lately? Before you spend another sleepless night, try these secret home remedies for sleeping with low back pain.
Warm It Up : Towards the end of a long day of being on your feet and getting things done, the muscles in the low back can become very tense. Easing the tension before you go to bed can greatly improve your chances of resting comfortably. A hot bath, hot tub or heating pad for 30 minutes will help to relax all of your muscles that have your back locked in a vise-like grip.
Stretch It Out : Before, after and during the night, you might want to try to gently stretch your low back. Some people like to drape themselves over a large therapy ball, some people like to hang from a doorway; either way, you’ll want to find a comfortable way to decompress your spine. If you’re not sure, then ask your physical therapist. When it’s two in the morning and you cannot get comfortable, getting out of bed to str...
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