Chronic Pain — 10 May 2013

bigstock-back-pain-168218871-300x200By Richard Lenti

For the millions of people who suffer from chronic back pain, relief may soon come in the form of antibiotics, bringing an end to the suffering and offering a simpler, cheaper option than surgery.

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Birmingham, England, report in the European Spine Journal that as many as 40% of patients with a specific type of back pain associated with a slipped disc may be helped by the antibiotic amoxicillin clavulanate (Bioclavid).

Scientists discovered that the back pain in question is caused by a bacterial infection associated with acne. Although primarily found on the skin, the bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) is also found in the mouth where it can be pushed into the circulation by tooth brushing.   

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Interesting read and look forward to further information, seems a very specific group of people for the results its based on, as there is no actual condition slipped disc are we looking at disc prolapse, compression, herniation or a pain that is simply similar to that from a bacterial infection.
    What are the actual numbers for people experiencing backpain from bacterial infection.