Smoking Tied to Sciatica

Recent research suggests that smoking may increase your odds of developing chronic pain like sciatica and back pain. In a study published in the Journal of Pain, researchers surveyed 6,000 women from Kentucky to see if a number of lifestyle factors influenced the risk of chronic conditions like sciatica, fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal pain.

Daily smokers were 104 percent more likely than non-smokers to have chronic pain. Occasional smokers were 68 percent more likely to suffer from persistent conditions, and former smokers were 20 percent more likely to experience chronic ...

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Chiropractic an Effective Choice for Sciatica Patients

Chiropractic and sciaticaWork-related sciatica can be one of the most challenging and expensive problem in our health care systems.  By definition, sciatica refers to pain and tenderness at some point of the sciatic nerve.  It often encompasses a painful disorder extending from the hip down the back of the thigh and surrounding area.  It is painful, life-hindering, and has the potential to cause the highest level of disability of ...

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Sciatica Risk Runs in Families

Scientists have discovered an additional risk factor for developing sciatic pain: your genes. Though researchers suspected that genes play a role in this often debilitating back problem, a 2012 study examined the impact of familial history on the risk of lumbar disc disease, which frequently causes sciatica.

A group of orthopedists from the University of Utah School of Medicine analyzed records from the Utah Population Database, which includes data dating back to early settlers. Using familial genealogy of 1, 264 ...

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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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Chiropractic Speeds Sciatica Recovery

denimbackpainSciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.

Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients ...

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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 been ...

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Benefits of Disc Surgery for Sciatica Questioned

Benefits of Disc Surgery for Sciatica QuestionedSpinal disc surgery is one of the most commonly prescribed procedures for sciatica, but a new study suggests that treatment may not be the best option for many patients with back pain and sciatica. The study suggests that for a significant number of sciatica patients with lower back pain, herniated discs are not to blame for their symptoms, and therefore treatments aimed at spinal discs ...

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90% of Herniated Discs Improve with Chiropractic

 90% of Herniated Discs Improve with Chiropractic A new study confirms the vast majority of patients with lumbar disc herniation can find relief with chiropractic care. The findings show that 90% of patients report substantial improvements within three months of receiving their first chiropractic adjustment.

The results are encouraging, since more research is raising questions about the safety and effectiveness of epidural steroid injections for ...

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