Life can be a pain in the groin. You hear about groin pain all the time if you watch enough football, baseball and basketball. But, you do not have to be an athlete to experience a pain in the area where the abdomen meets the legs. Actually, it is quite easy to understand why so many people experience groin pain at some point in life because so much is happening in that region of the body. Many different muscles attach in that area. The major bones of the spine, pelvis, and legs join in that area. And some very important internal organs lie nearby as well. With so much that can go wrong, it is no wonder why life can be a pain in the groin.
By far and away, the most common cause of groin pain is muscular. Did you ever wonder why a big 300 pound lineman could hit the ground and wince like a baby due to a groin injury? Hey, those muscles really can hurt. One muscle is the Iliopsoas which flexes the hip. Because of its deep position along the spine before it attaches in the groin, ...
A new study published in the July 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that “massage therapy may be effective for treatment of chronic back pain, with benefits lasting at least 6 months.” I don't usually write much on back pain since that is Dr. Lasich's specialty, but since I've personally experienced improvement in my low back and hip pain from massage therapy, I wanted to share this study with you. Study Design and Results The study looked at 401 people from 20 to 65 years of age who had nonspecific chronic low back pain. They were randomized into three treatment groups:
132 received structural massage – treatment of specific painful soft tissue areas.
136 received relaxation massage – Swedish massage that promotes whole-body relaxation.
133 received usual care – the type of treatment they normally got (mostly medications).
Participants in the massage groups were treated once a week for 10 weeks. After 10 weeks, more than one-third of ...
In this paper researchers try to explain why treatment aimed at psychosocial factors did not have better results than usual care for low back pain (LBP) patients. Other studies have already shown there is an effect of psychosocial factors on LBP. It makes sense to think treatment aimed at those factors should be helpful. The results of their first study published earlier in 2005 were a surprise. They were certain a psychosocial approach would make a difference but it didn't. Taking a look at why this might be so, the scientists suggest four areas: Physicians' attitude Physicians' behavior Patient satisfaction Patient compliance Doctors’ attitudes may be one way to explain the results. They found that the training session for the doctors helped steer them away from a biomedical model of LBP. However it didn't move them toward a behavior model as planned.
Doctors’ behavior was another possible problem. Doctors didn't always follow the researchers' plan. For example patients in the psychos...
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