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No reason to panic and no reason to think the worse; if your child is experiencing low back pain, just take a deep breath and read. And contrary to popular belief, low back pain in children is usually not caused from a backpack full of books. No, a majority of back pain seen between the ages of 10-18 years of age is related to sports. Children who are involved in football, gymnastics, wrestling, diving, volleyball, or racket sports tend to be the most likely kids who will experience back pain. Fortunately, these aches and pains usually go away with good conservative care because they rarely represent a dire problem.
Although dire problems like infections and tumors do rarely occur; thus, a child with low back pain should see a doctor just to be sure. A doctor will ask a lot of questions about what makes the pain worse or better, general health, and other feelings of numbness, pain or weakness. After these questions have been answered, the doctor will test the reflexes, strength...
Back pain, especially low back pain, is a significant health problem. According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of 10 people will have back pain at some time in their lives. Also, back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitations in people under 45. Several recent studies done in both Europe and America have suggested that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. I found the most recent, a study conducted in Washington and California, to be particularly interesting. Following a description of the study and its results, I'll share my thoughts on the conclusion. Study Design A total of 638 adults with uncomplicated chronic low back pain participated in this study. (People with spinal stenosis, sciatica, or previous back surgeries were not included.) The participants were divided into four groups according to the type of treatment they would receive: 1) Individualized Acupuncture – At t...
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...
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