New Evidence that Steroid Injections Fail to Fix Spinal Stenosis

injection2-dreamstimeEvery year millions of patients are injected with epidural steroids to treat back pain, but now, new research suggests that many of those injections are completely unnecessary. In a study released Wednesday from The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that epidural steroid injections failed to produce any measurable benefits compared to lidocaine injections for spinal stenosis.

This isn’t the first study to question the ...

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Teenagers: They’re in more pain than you think

teen-with-headache-2Although the analogy of “aches and pains” is often used to describe growing older, some researchers from Australia wondered how prevalent these issues are in adolescents. Shockingly, what they found is that our children may be in more pain than we realize.

For the purposes of this study, researchers reviewed a health survey of 404,000 school-aged children between nine and 17 years old. Boys and girls were asked about their ...

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Overweight with Back Pain? It’s About Your Spinal Discs

Overweight woman with back painWhy do obese and overweight patients have a higher risk of back pain? A new study has a partial answer to the question: the height of spinal discs.

The results show additional risks suffered from those who are obese – an actual loss of disc height in certain segments of the lumbar spine. Reduced disc height means that the cushioning in the spine has deteriorated, leaving an opportunity ...

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Overweight Patients Have Slower Recovery After Auto Injury

Obesity Slows Recovery from Auto Injury Study

Research conducted by the University of North Carolina, Department of Anesthesiology suggests that it will take you longer to recover from an injury sustained in an auto accident if you are carrying around too much extra weight. This means that losing some of your excess pounds is a necessary, proactive step to not only improve your health, but too reduce your risk of possible ...

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Study Seeks to Treat Back Pain and Depression Together

Depression and Back Pain in Seniors StudyBack pain and depression are often intertwined, and unfortunately tend to increase as we age. This has prompted some top researchers to find a way to treat both in our nation’s seniors, hopefully creating a multi-level approach which results in a higher quality of life.

About ADAPT

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the National Institute of Aging to better understand and treat ...

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FDA Warns Against Epidural Injections for Back Pain

FDA Warns Against Epidural Injections for Back Pain

Cervical epidural steroid injection. Army Medicine via Creative Commons.

Epidural steroid injections must now carry new warning labels about the possible risks of serious adverse events, according to a new FDA announcement issued last week, as reported by Medpage Today.

“Injecting corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine has ...

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Back Pain Leading Cause of Global Disability

Back Pain Leading Cause of Global Disability Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point in their lives, but for almost 1 in 10 people, back pain is a chronic, daily concern. The widespread prevalence of lower back pain makes it the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to a new analysis from the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

The study included data from 47 countries and 117 different studies, which ...

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Chiropractic Protects Your Spine As You Age, Study Suggests

Chiropractic Protects Your Spine As You Age, Study SuggestsFor years, older adults have relied on chiropractors to ease their aches and pains, but little is known about the everyday use of chiropractic by seniors, and whether chiropractic can be of benefit in routine care for the elderly. New research shows that chiropractic isn’t just helpful for back pain in older adults, it may even protect them from increased limitations in ...

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