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Depression's Effect on Back Surgery

The greater the level of depression before surgery, the lower the level of improvement was afterward, one study has found. More...

Taking Acetaminophen Safely

Because acetaminophen is an active ingredient in so many different drugs, it’s easy to unintentionally exceed the recommended amount without realizing it, putting yourself at risk for adverse side effects. More...

Could Your Back Pain Be a Spinal Infection?

Because the infection is so rare, and back pain so common, a vertebral osteomyelitis diagnosis is often delayed—and the consequences can be dire. If left untreated, the infection can eventually lead to paralysis or even death. More...

Neck Pain: Can Complementary Therapy Give You Relief?

A recent study compared conventional care for chronic nonspecific neck pain with two complementary practices for relief: acupuncture and the Alexander technique. More...

What Triggers Back Pain?

A recent study indicates that several factors conspire to increase the risk of acute back pain, like being tired or distracted during an activity. More...

OTC Topical Medications: Safe Treatment for Pain?

The Food and Drug Administration warns that some over-the-counter topical medicines used for joint and muscle pain can cause serious chemical burns. More...

Herniated Disk: Know the Symptoms

Pain due to a herniated disk usually strikes suddenly. The person may “feel something snap” before the pain begins. The pain may start as a mild tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation before increasing in severity. More...

Neck Pain: When to See the Doctor

Most cases of neck pain get better on their own. You should see a doctor, however, if your neck pain follows a serious injury or is accompanied by these symptoms or factors. More...

Treating Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Versus Surgery

Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common diagnosis leading to back surgery in the United States. While physical therapy is typically the first line of treatment for spinal stenosis—the narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on nerves running through the spine—many patients eventually opt for surgery. But few studies have compared the long-term effects of a standard regimen of physical therapy with surgery. More...

Could Cognitive Therapy Help Your Chronic Back Pain?

If you have chronic pain, you may not be finding adequate relief with medications or surgery. This can affect your mood, your health and your overall quality of life. But pain is not simply a physical sensation; it also has psychological and emotional components, which are not always addressed in a treatment plan. More...

Kick Low Back Pain To The Curb

Here’s the good news about acute low back pain: It usually goes away on its own, with little or no intervention. But if you're looking for a way to ease your pain in the interim, try these 5 tips. More...

Back Pain Rx: Education Plus Exercise

Current approaches to treating chronic low back pain call for either exercise or educational interventions. The benefits of exercise are well known, but studies of educational approaches have been inconclusive. Now, a small Chinese study shows that combining exercise and education may be the best approach. More...

From Research: Pain Location Matters

Leg pain often accompanies low back pain. In a recent British study reported online in the European Spine Journal, at least one of every three people treated for low back pain also had sciatica. And people with sciatica fare significantly worse in terms of health and quality of life than those without it. … More...

Managing Chronic Back Pain with the Help of Your Significant Other

Chronic back pain affects more than just the person who has it. It also affects the person's significant other. Whether you're a spouse, partner or adult child, you naturally want to help. But a small study from England suggests help may not always be beneficial. More...

What to Do About a Back Spasm

Fortunately, most people who experience back spasms will recover quickly, usually without seeing a doctor. If you experience a back spasm, you'll need to know how to manage the pain and what to do to help prevent a recurrence. More...

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