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Low Back Pain and Radiographic Lumbar Disc Degeneration Low Back Pain and Radiographic Lumbar Disc Degeneration
Gain a better understanding of the relationship between the radiographic features of lumbar disc degeneration and the presence of low back pain.Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Visiting the doctor for low back pain? Expect something different now...
(University of Sydney) If you visit your family doctor with low back pain (LBP), you may be surprised at the treatment options they suggest now. Recent changes to major international guidelines for the management of LBP mean that general practitioners (GP) are now unlikely to recommend pain medicines which were previously the go-to treatment. Instead of pain medicines, GPs might suggest non-medicinal approaches including yoga, mindfulness and various types of physiotherapy and psychological therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Exercise May Help Prevent Low Back Pain or Make It Less Severe Exercise May Help Prevent Low Back Pain or Make It Less Severe
People who exercise may lower their odds of developing low back pain or may reduce the intensity of back pain they do experience, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - November 12, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is sacroiliitis?
Sacroiliitis is a condition where one or both of the sacroiliac joints become inflamed. It is often misdiagnosed as lower back pain. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news

Exercise may help prevent low back pain or make it less severe
(Reuters Health) - People who exercise may lower their odds of developing low back pain or may reduce the intensity of back pain they do experience, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medovex aims to help fight the opioid crisis with its DenerveX system
Late last month, the White House issued a statement declaring the opioid crisis a national health emergency. Many companies in the healthcare field are aware of this issue, but only a handful of pain-treating device makers are focused on fighting the crisis. Atlanta-based Medovex is aiming to be one of the few. Medovex produces the DenerveX system, a combined therapy device designed to treat patients with chronic lower back pain related to facet joint syndrome. It’s a system that prez & CEO Patrick Kullman is hopeful will both be successful and help stem the opioid crisis in the US. “We have made a cre...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Pain Management Spinal Medovex Source Type: news

Associations Between LBP and Muscle-Strengthening Activity Associations Between LBP and Muscle-Strengthening Activity
Could engaging in muscle-strengthening activity help reduce the risk of lower back pain?Spine (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Single injection could relieve back pain for three years
Researchers from the drug manufacturer Mesoblast in Melbourne found a single stem cell injection in the spine eases the discomfort of around half of chronic lower back pain sufferers for two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intense Cold Therapy Salons Opening In Boston Area
BOSTON (CBS) – We all know that ice is good for an injury to reduce swelling, but would cooling your whole body work to reduce all of your aches and pains? Those who believe in cryotherapy say yes and the treatment is becoming more available in the Boston area. Kelly Strickland just opened a new facility in West Roxbury. “Essentially what cryotherapy is, is the extreme use of cold therapy in a confined area to create a reaction in your body to help with pain and inflammation and muscle soreness,” she said. Inside her salon is a room with a vertical chamber called a cryosauna. It uses liquid nitrogen to c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local cryotherapy Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Smudging of the Motor Cortex and Low Back Pain Severity Smudging of the Motor Cortex and Low Back Pain Severity
A new study explores the relationship between motor cortical reorganization and the severity and location of low back pain.Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Minimally invasive spine surgery
Eighty percent of adults experience?low back pain at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health.?A recent study found more than a quarter of adults reported having low back pain during the past three months. And those are just complaints about the lower back. "The overwhelming majority of people will experience [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Portal-based Education Helps Curb Inappropriate MRIs for Low Back Pain Portal-based Education Helps Curb Inappropriate MRIs for Low Back Pain
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Radiology News Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew CEO Bohuon to retire | Personnel Moves – Oct. 10, 2017
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) said today that its current CEO Olivier Bohuon has announced his intention to retire by the end of 2018 and that the company has begun a search for a new chief exec. Bohuon joined the company in 2011, and has overseen a significant rise in share value with the company since taking the corner office. “Since I joined the company in 2011, we have transformed Smith & Nephew into a more focused, efficient and innovative business and I am proud of the value we have created for all of our stakeholders. Looking ahead to the next long-term phase of growth, I have decided to announce...
Source: Mass Device - October 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Invacare Mainstay Medical Nuvasive prometrika royalphilips Smith & Nephew transmed7 Source Type: news

Low-cost, high-volume services make up big portion of spending on unneeded health care
Low-cost, high-volume health services account for a high percentage of unnecessary health spending, adding strain to the health care system,  new UCLA-led research suggests.Analyzing data on 5.5 million patients in Virginia, the researchers found that services providing no net health benefits to patients cost that state ’s health care system more than $586 million in 2014. Of that amount, 65 percent went to low-cost, high-volume services such as unnecessary lab tests.The findings arepublished in the October issue of the peer-reviewed journal  Health Affairs.The researchers relied on a large Virginia claims ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 4, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The Latest on Low Back Pain
Here ’s an update on the ACP’s latest guideline on noninvasive treatment options for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - October 3, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Susan Kweskin Tags: Pain Source Type: news

The influence of divided attention on walking turns: effects on gait control in young adults with and without a history of low back pain - Smith JA, Gordon J, Kulig K.
The cognitive control of gait is altered in individuals with low back pain, but it is unclear if this alteration persists between painful episodes. Locomotor perturbations such as walking turns may provide a sensitive measure of gait adaptation during divi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Infographic: Low Back Pain
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Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Relievant Medsystems taps ex-Cameron Health chief Hykes for CEO | Personnel Moves, Sept. 26, 2017
Relievant Medsystems said it named former Cameron Medical chief Kevin Hykes to be its new CEO, effective immediately. Hykes, who led Cameron Health to a $1.35 billion buyout in 2012 by Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX), replaced Alex DiNello, who was named COO, Relievant said. Relievant makes the Intracept device for treating lower back pain. Hykes was most recently chairman & CEO of Metavention, which is developing treatments for Type II diabetes, and an operating partner at Versant Ventures. “Kevin is a highly respected industry veteran with an exceptional track record of building and leading strong teams,...
Source: Mass Device - September 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Breathtec Biomedical Inc Histogenics HistoSonics Inc. integer lombardmedical Masimo Medizone pulmodyne Relievant Medsystems Inc. RTI Surgical Source Type: news

Metavention CEO hops to another VC-backed startup
Kevin Hykes has left his post as CEO of Metavention to take over as top executive at another venture capital backed startup that is now exploring opening a Twin Cities office. Hykes has been named CEO of Relievant Medsystems, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that aims to treat lower back pain by destroying nerves. He was previously CEO of Metavention, whose headquarters moved from California to Eden Prairie under Hykes' leadership. Metavention develops technology to tr eat diabetes. Asked whether… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Lower back pain may all be in the mind, study suggests
Feelings of stiffness in the lower back may simply be the brain's way of protecting us from future injuries, new research suggests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news

Spouse Criticism May Worsen Chronic Low Back Pain
Negative responses seem to work in a cycle. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spouse Hostility May Worsen Chronic Low Back Pain Spouse Hostility May Worsen Chronic Low Back Pain
People with chronic low back pain may feel it even more sharply if their spouses are critical and unsupportive of their condition, according to a recent study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain
(Reuters Health) - People with chronic low back pain may feel it even more sharply if their spouses are critical and unsupportive of their condition, according to a recent study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: Aug. 18, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From Nemaura’s new Oceania distribution deal to Sanuwave’s promissory note expansion, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Nemaura inks Oceania distribution deal for SugarBeat patch Nemaura announced in an Aug. 15 press release that it has signed a non-binding distribution deal with Device Technologies for exclusive rights to market the SugarBeat glucose monitoring system in Australia and New Zealand. The SugarBeat is a disposable, adhesive skin patch that is used by diabetics, providing a non-invasive and needle-free method of c...
Source: Mass Device - August 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Diabetes Diagnostics Implants Orthopedics Research & Development Surgical Brenner Medical Clinical Innovations Device Technologies K2M Masimo MedTech Nemaura Medical Sanuwave Si-Bone Source Type: news

Choosing Wisely Targets Low Back Pain Remedies, Other Unnecessary Treatments (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS Three medical associations have recently issued recommendations on practices that should be questioned or avoided as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, which aims to reduce unnecessary tests and … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Gabapentinoids Ineffective for Chronic Low Back Pain Gabapentinoids Ineffective for Chronic Low Back Pain
The gabapentinoids pregabalin and gabapentin are not effective in treating chronic low back pain (CLBP), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Lower back pain? THIS medication could be ineffective and cause side effects
LOWER back pain can be extremely debilitating - caused by everything from poor posture, slipped discs, sciatica and osteoporosis. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gabapentinoids Seem to Offer Little Benefit, Substantial Risks in Low Back Pain (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Gabapentinoids, increasingly used for chronic low back pain, offer little benefit and carry substantial risks in this setting, finds a systematic review … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

'Be more cautious' in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain, Canadian doctor says
Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'Be more cautious' in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain, review says
Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Workers' compensation claimants with low back pain: the role of dissatisfaction in the transition to disability - Tait RC, Chibnall JT.
This study examined the role of dissatisfaction with medical care and employer treatment on disab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

NSAIDs for Chronic Low Back Pain: True or False?
More effective vs placebo? Less effective than opioids? Equally as potent as APAP? What ’s true and what false about NSAIDs? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 11, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Steven A. King, MD, MS Tags: Pain Musculoskeletal Disorders Source Type: news

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Shown To Be Cost Effective for Chronic Low-Back Pain
Results of a new NCCIH-supported study suggest group sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are cost-effective for chronic low-back pain. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans
(Veterans Affairs Research Communications) A study that included 150 veterans with chronic low back pain found that those who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use. The findings jibe with those from two past clinical trials involving non-veterans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal disorder prevention dev Hinge Health raises $8m in Series A
Digital health startup Hinge Health raised $8 million in a Series A round to support its musculoskeletal disorder prevention and treatment technology. Funding in the round was led by European VC Atomico and joined by existing seed investors including Eleven Two Capital and the Vertical Group, according to VentureBeat. The San Francisco-based company’s tech, which operates around a series of wearable sensors, a smart-tablet and applications, looks to combat lower-back and joint pain. Hinge Health claims that lower-back and joint pain cost as much as $100 billion per year in the US alone, and that musculoskeletal disor...
Source: Mass Device - July 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News mHealth (Mobile Health) hingehealth Source Type: news

How a zapper in your lower body can banish lower back pain
Sharon Palmer, 55, from Hornchurch, Essex, suffered with intense back pain for years - until a device was fitted which instantly eased the pain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Radiofrequency denervation may not be effective for pain reduction for certain patients with chronic low back pain
Findings from a study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the July 4 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that radiofrequency denervation may not reduce pain for patients with chronic low back pain who and are treated with a standardized exercise program.  (Source: Orthogate - Latest News)
Source: Orthogate - Latest News - July 9, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Featured Editors Choice News Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain
Title: Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/5/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/6/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 6, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Electrical pulse ineffective against low back pain, study says
Sending an electrical current directly into spinal nerves does no more than strength and mobility exercises for low back pain, a new study finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for July 5, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Halyard Health taps former Acelity head Woody for CEO | Personnel Moves July 5, 2017 Halyard Health said late last month it tapped former Acelity prez & CEO Joseph Woody as its new chief executive officer, replacing a retir...
Source: Mass Device - July 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain
Exercise alone may be best approach, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Back Pain (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows no benefit for RF denervation in back pain
A team of researchers from the Netherlands evaluated three clinical trials involving 681 patients with chronic low back pain and found that radiofrequency denervation combined with exercise did not bring about a significant reduction of pain compared to exercise alone after 3 months. Radiofrequency denervation is commonly used to treat chronic low back pain, but the team pointed out that evidence demonstrating its efficacy is lacking. Researchers conducted 3 trials to assess the effectiveness of the minimal interventional procedure. People eligible for the trial included those who had chronic low back pain, a positive diag...
Source: Mass Device - July 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Orthopedics Pain Management Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain
WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 -- Sending an electrical current directly into spinal nerves does no more than strength and mobility exercises for low back pain, a new study finds. The procedure, called radiofrequency denervation, has become an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 5, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Radiofrequency Denervation Offers No Benefits for Back Pain
A medical procedure offered no advantages over exercise alone for easing low back pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Exercise Back (Human Body Part) Pain Source Type: news

Being Active May Reduce Risk of Chronic Low Back Pain Being Active May Reduce Risk of Chronic Low Back Pain
Regularly engaging in physical activity, from walking to intense exercise, may help to reduce the risk of chronic low back pain by as much as 16 percent, according to a new review of previous studies.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Exercise reduces lower back pain by up to 16%
Researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki found moderate activity reduces chronic lower back pain by 14 per cent but not acute discomfort. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Applying electric current to nerve for chronic low back pain does not provide clinically important improvement
(The JAMA Network Journals) In three randomized trials, treatment of chronic low back pain with radiofrequency denervation, a procedure that can be performed with different techniques including the application of an electric current to the pain-conducting nerve, resulted in either no improvement or no clinically important improvement in chronic low back pain, according to a study published by JAMA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Being active may reduce risk of chronic low back pain
(Reuters Health) - Regularly engaging in physical activity, from walking to intense exercise, may help to reduce the risk of chronic low back pain by as much as 16 percent, according to a new review of previous studies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news