Do Older People Simply Accept Back Pain?

back pain in the elderlyIn a recent study published in the Journal of Aging and Health, researchers found that while older people are more likely to suffer from lower back pain, they are less likely to seek treatment.

The cross-sectional telephone survey determined that 12.3% of older adults experienced chronic lower back pain versus 6.5% of adults aged 21-44. In addition, older adults with chronic lower back problems experienced pain ...

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Is Seeing a Chiropractor Safe During Pregnancy?

pregnantyogaLow back pain can be a serious problem when you’re expecting: A recent study shows that 61% of women report back pain at some during pregnancy.

“Despite the apparent impact it has on women, many cases of low back pain of pregnancy go unreported to prenatal providers and/or untreated,” researchers publishing in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health wrote. Unfortunately, many conventional treatments for back pain (like drugs, surgery or steroid injections) aren’t ...

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Is Sciatica Worse for Women?

Woman Back Pain

If sciatica were getting graded on gender parity, it would fail to meet the marks on every test. Recent research reveals that women are more likely to suffer from chronic sciatica than men — and it doesn’t stop there.

Neurosurgeons at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands tracked the progress of 283 patients with severe sciatica as ...

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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 effectiveness ...

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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 experience ...

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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 injuries ...

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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 older ...

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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 surveyed ...

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