: ' back pain'

Five Back Pain Tests to Avoid

By Pat Anson, Editor Five common tests and treatments for back pain may be unnecessary, ineffective or increase the risk of complications, according to new recommendations from the North American Spine Society (NASS), a group that [...]

Painkiller Use Continues after Back Surgery

By Pat Anson, Editor Over half of the patients who used opioid painkillers to relieve back pain were still using them a year after surgery to repair their spines, according to a new study that raised [...]

Making a Game Out of Back Pain

By Pat Anson, Editor There’s nothing “fun” about back pain. But Christopher Burtt is determined to make it entertaining at least part of the time. When Burtt was laid up for months recovering from back surgery, [...]

Use of Steroids in Spinal Shots Questioned

By Pat Anson, Editor Another study is raising questions about the value of epidural steroid injections. New research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that it may not be the steroids in spinal [...]

Many Doctors Don’t Follow Guidelines for Back Pain

By Pat Anson, Editor Doctors who treat back pain are prescribing more narcotic painkillers, making more referrals to specialists and ordering more expensive diagnostic tests, according to a new report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers [...]

Disability Claims Drop

By Pat Anson, Editor Back pain, sciatica, arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system are the leading cause of long-term disability in America, according to a new report on disability claims released by the Council [...]

Pain is Leading Cause of Disability

By Pat Anson, Editor Back pain, sciatica, arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system are the leading cause of long-term disability in America, according to a new report on disability claims released by the Council [...]

Steroid Shots Raise Risk for Bone Fractures

By Pat Anson, Editor Patients who receive epidural steroid injections are at increased risk of spinal fractures, according to new research published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The study, which we reported on last [...]

Antibiotics May Help Back Pain

By 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 [...]

Study Finds MRI’s Overused

By Richard Lenti It’s not uncommon for doctors to order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests for patients complaining of back pain, headaches and other health problems. But according to a study by Canadian researchers published in [...]