: ' back pain'

Two Ways to Treat Back Pain Without Drugs

By Pat Anson, Editor Chronic lower back pain has traditionally been treated with pain relievers, physical therapy and surgery. But new studies are showing promise for two alternative methods for treating back pain that are minimally [...]

Steroid Injections Could Make Back Pain Worse

By Pat Anson, Editor Epidural steroid injections, a procedure commonly used to treat back pain, may do more harm than good for patients with spinal stenosis, according to a new study in the journal Spine. Spinal [...]

Pain and Skin Problems Top Reasons to See Doctor

By Richard Lenti Back pain, arthritis and skin problems – not life threatening diseases — top the list of reasons people visit a health care provider, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic. “Surprisingly, [...]

A New Approach Needed For Back Pain

By Dr. Howard Schubiner, Guest Columnist The scandal of cortisone injection material tainted with fungi has created a large burden of illness and death among a small proportion of individuals who received epidural injections for back [...]

Smokers Who Quit Report Less Pain

There’s another reason to finally put down that cigarette. A new study says kicking the habit can help alleviate back and leg pain. After an eight month study of more than 5,300 patients with spinal disorders [...]

Study Finds Epidural Steroid Shots Ineffective for Back Pain

Epidural steroid shots do little to relieve back pain caused by sciatica and should only be considered as a last resort, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a review of [...]

The Dark Side of Epidurals

With the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis – caused by a contaminated steroid and spread by epidural injections — I find it necessary to inform any who will listen of the dark secret hidden from our [...]

Gene That Causes Back Pain Identified

It’s being hailed as a breakthrough in the study of chronic back pain. For the first time, researchers say they have found a link between a gene and a form of lower back pain that affects [...]

Study Finds Acupuncture Effective in Treating Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain and provides more pain relief than some traditional therapies, according to a new study by researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In an analysis [...]

Study Finds Yoga Cost-Effective for Treating Back Pain

Group yoga classes are a cost-effective way to treat chronic low back pain, according to a new study by British researchers. Researchers at the University of York studied two groups of people who had chronic or [...]