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Back Pain

If you have back pain or neck pain, you have a lot of company. About 8 in 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back or neck pain often goes away in time—60% of back pain is gone within a week and 95% within 12 weeks. But if your pain persists for three months or more, it’s considered chronic pain, a tricky-to-treat condition that could be due to injury, overuse, arthritis, or spinal problems.

Back Pain News

  • Hands-On Therapy May Spell Relief for Low Back Pain

    Having an osteopath move your back muscles using techniques that include stretching, light pressure and resistance (called OMT) may trump ultrasound therapy for the relief of lower back pain, new research suggests.

  • Pricier, Intensive Whiplash Treatment May Not Pay Off: Study

    MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — More costly, intensive treatment is no better than usual care at hastening recovery from whiplash, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 3,800 British whiplash patients to compare a more intensive approach to treatment (“active management”) against usual care at 15 hospital emergency departments. Active management included pain control [...]

  • Steroid-Related Meningitis Cases Now Total 91, CDC Says

    All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was contaminated with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are still trying to track down patients who got the injections.

  • Timing May Be Key to Successful Back Surgery

    FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) — Delaying treatment for a herniated disc beyond six months may reduce your chances of recovery, new research finds. A study of nearly 1,200 U.S. patients found that those treated within six months of first experiencing herniated lumbar disc symptoms had less pain and disability years later than those who waited [...]

  • Study Questions Chiropractic's Impact on Back Pain

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) — For the millions of Americans with chronic low back pain, a silver bullet to alleviate the condition has yet to be identified, a new study suggests. Reviewing 26 studies comparing spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) to other treatments such as medication, exercise or physical therapy, researchers from the [...]

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