How Companies Teach Their Employees First Aid for Mental Health
At Delta Air Lines’ Atlanta headquarters in late January, 24 employees are arguing over which of them has the worst disease. Half of them had been given cards naming a physical or mental health diagnosis and were told to line up, from the least debilitating to the most. The woman holding “gingivitis” quickly takes a place at the far left of the line. But everyone further down to the right—low back pain, moderate depression, paraplegia, severe PTSD—keeps switching spots. “Severe vision loss,” someone says to the man holding the corresponding card, “are you a pilot?” He d...
Source: TIME: Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Mental Health/Psychology microsoftfutureofwork Source Type: news

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Aid Low Back Pain
Movement - based mind - body interventions could be effective alternatives to drugs, surgery, injections (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 12, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Back pain: Five exercises which can be performed at home to relieve lower back pain
BACK pain can have a huge impact on everyday life, proving uncomfortable and debilitating. Fortunately, there are five at-home exercises one can do to help relieve pain, particularly pain in the lower back. What are they? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Aid Low Back Pain
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 -- Movement-based mind-body interventions (MMBIs), particularly yoga, are effective for reducing low back pain, according to a review published in the January/February issue of Holistic Nursing Practice. Juyoung Park, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Postmenopause vitamin D deficiency associated with disc degeneration and lower back pain
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Lumbar disc degeneration and resulting lower back pain become greater concerns with age and disproportionately affect women more than men, likely as a result of decreasing estrogen levels during menopause. A new study demonstrates that vitamin D deficiency, smoking, high body mass index (BMI), and osteoporosis are risk factors for greater back pain. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Can T'ai Chi alleviate chronic low back pain in older adults?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of using T'ai Chi to improve chronic low back pain in adults over 65 years of age compared to health education and usual care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Back pain exercises: The SIX stretches you can try to ease upper or lower back pain
BACK PAIN can be debilitating - whether it affects your upper or lower spine, or if your muscles are in spasm. Here are six stretches and exercises you can try to relieve the stiffness. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oh my aching back: Do yoga, tai chi or qigong help?
(Florida Atlantic University) About 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point. Patients are often advised to manage their back pain with exercise and mind-body interventions. But, do they really help? Researchers compared and contrasted yoga, tai chi and qigong, and found them to be effective for treatment of low back pain, reporting positive outcomes such as reduction in pain or psychological distress such as depression and anxiety, reduction in pain-related disability, and improved functional ability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to get employees with back pain back to work faster
About 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes, making it the most common cause of job-related disability and a major contributor to days off work. When surgery is involved, the ailment can be costly to treat. As both a cost- and medically-effective solution, health care payers have made integrating chiropractic care into treatment protocols a priority. Back pain is the second-most-common reason a person visits a doctor, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Dr.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 5, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Laura Newpoff Source Type: news

An Interdisciplinary Pain Program for Chronic Low Back Pain An Interdisciplinary Pain Program for Chronic Low Back Pain
Is an interdisciplinary treatment approach an effective means of symptom improvement in chronic low back pain? How does it compare with physical therapy?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Many Patients Receive Guideline-Nonconcordant Care for Low Back Pain
THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 -- Many patients who develop new low back pain (LBP) receive advanced imaging and opioids without having been prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or physical therapy (PT), according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicare Opts to Cover Acupuncture for Pain Amid Opioid Crisis Medicare Opts to Cover Acupuncture for Pain Amid Opioid Crisis
CMS reverses its past stance on acupuncture and outlines terms for Medicare coverage of the treatment for low back pain.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win
CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Low-Back Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need To Know
What ’s the Bottom Line?What do we know about the effectiveness of complementary health approaches for low-back  pain? (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 28, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medicare Will Now Pay For Acupuncture In Part Due To Opioid Abuse
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will now cover acupuncture for patients with chronic low back pain in part because of the widespread abuse of opioids in America. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor Source Type: news

CT, MRI for lower back pain still prevalent in ED
The rate of CT and MRI scans for back pain remained steady from 2001 to 2016...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: IMV: MR providers work harder as procedure volume grows Are too many patients getting MRI scans for back pain? Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read DeepSpine AI enhances grading of lumbar spinal stenosis Johns Hopkins tackles problem of unnecessary scans (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 24, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

More autonomy at work reduces the risk of low back pain
(Technische Universit ä t Dresden) A team of psychologists from Technische Universit ä t Dresden, in cooperation with experts from health sciences and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, has carried out a meta-analysis to identify psychosocial work factors that pose a risk for the development of chronic low back pain (CLBP). Their study clearly indicates that not only physical but also psychological and social factors exert considerable influence on the development of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Myths may worsen low back pain and promote ineffective treatments
(Reuters Health) - Common myths about low back pain could lead to more pain, ineffective care and unwarranted anxiety, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Lower back pain may be caused by cartilage turning into bone that looks like SWISS CHEESE
Cartilage should be soft and firm, protecting the spine vertebrae. But a study on mice at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, found it had hardened and looked like Swiss cheese. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Its opioid dissed by FDA advisors, S.F. drugmaker abandons program
A rejection of its experimental pain drug Tuesday forced Nektar Therapeutics Inc. to dump the program. In a rare indisputable rejection, two Food and Drug Administration advisory committees voted 27-0 to recommend that the FDA not approve the San Francisco company's oxycodegol, a slow-acting opioid aimed at chronic lower back pain. The FDA isn't required to live by the advisory committees' recomme ndation, but six hours later Nektar (NASDAQ: NKTR) said it would withdraw its approval request and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Nektar withdraws application for opioid painkiller after FDA panel's vote
Nektar Therapeutics said on Tuesday it was withdrawing the application for its opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel unanimously voted against the drug's approval. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. FDA panel votes against approval of Nektar's opioid painkiller
Independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously voted against Nektar Therapeutics' opioid painkiller for adults with chronic low back pain, sending the drug developer's shares down 12% in extended trading. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Swiss cheese' bones could be cause of unexplained low back pain
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In experiments with genetically engineered and old mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have added to evidence that the vast majority of low back pain in people may be rooted in an overgrowth of pain-sensing nerves into spinal cartilaginous tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Low back pain as a risk factor for recurrent falls in people with knee osteoarthritis - Iijima H, Shimoura K, Aoyama T, Takahashi M.
This study aimed to inves... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Usual Care for Low-Back Pain Often Inconsistent With Guidelines Usual Care for Low-Back Pain Often Inconsistent With Guidelines
Usual care for patients with low-back pain in family practice and emergency departments is often inconsistent with clinical-practice guidelines, according to a systematic review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - January 2, 2020 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Anesthesiology News Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Had Lower Back Pain in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2018
In 2018, 28.0% of men and 31.6% of women aged ≥18 years had lower back pain in the past 3 months. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 2, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Data & Statistics Men's Health MMWR Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report Women's Health Source Type: news

Low back pain accounts for a third of new emergency department imaging in the US
(American Roentgen Ray Society) The use of imaging for the initial evaluation of patients with low back pain in the emergency department (ED) continues to occur at a high rate -- one in three new emergency visits for low back pain in the United States -- according to the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR). Imaging utilization varied significantly by geographic region, with patients in the southern US undergoing 10% more imaging than patients in the western US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

6 Causes of lower back pain and testicular pain
(Natural News) It isn’t uncommon for people to experience lower back pain from time to time. If you’re older, overweight and lacking in exercise, you’re more likely to experience it. It usually goes away after a few hours or a day with rest and home treatment. However, when your lower back pain is accompanied with pain... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery From Chronic Back Pain
Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery From Chronic Low Back Pain (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 10, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery From Chronic Low Back Pain Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery From Chronic Low Back Pain
Insomnia and co-existing sleeplessness and musculoskeletal pain were inversely related to long-term recovery from chronic low back pain, a study found; relieving sleep problems may improve recovery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

About One in Three in ED for Low Back Pain Receive Imaging
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2019 -- Imaging is obtained for about one in three patients with emergency department visits for low back pain, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Jina Pakpoor, M.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Outcomes of Early Imaging for Low Back Pain in Older Adults Outcomes of Early Imaging for Low Back Pain in Older Adults
This study assessed the downstream implications of early imaging in this population.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Cost-Effectiveness of Nonpharmacologic Care for Back Pain Cost-Effectiveness of Nonpharmacologic Care for Back Pain
There are many nonpharmacologic treatment options available for chronic low back pain, but how cost-effective are they?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Neighborhood walkability in relation to knee and low back pain in older people: a multilevel cross-sectional study from the JAGES - Okabe D, Tsuji T, Hanazato M, Miyaguni Y, Asada N, Kondo K.
This study aimed to investigate an association between neighborhood walkability and knee and low back pain in older people. Data were derived from the Japan ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about sharp lower back pain
There are many possible causes of sharp lower back pain, from a mild muscle strain to some potentially more serious underlying conditions. Read this article for information, treatment options, and when to see a doctor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news

Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep
(Boston Medical Center) Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center. Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, which suggests a long-term benefit of these non-pharmacologic approaches. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Efficacy of antibiotic treatment in patients with chronic low back pain and Modic changes (the AIM study): double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, multicentre trial
In this study on patients with chronic low back pain and Modic changes at the level of a previous disc herniation, three months of treatment with amoxicillin did not provide a clinically important benefit compared with placebo. Secondary analyses and sensitivity analyses supported this finding. Therefore, the results do not support the use of antibiotic treatment for chronic low back pain and Modic changes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chiropractors, Physical Therapists Prescribe Fewer Opioids
TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 -- Patients who initially see a physical therapist or chiropractor for low back pain rather than a primary care physician are much less likely to be prescribed opioids, according to a study recently published in BMJ... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inflammatory mediators and the risk of falls among older women with acute low back pain: data from Back Complaints in the Elders (BACE)-Brazil - Zille de Queiroz B, de Britto Rosa NM, Pereira DS, Lopes RA, Leopoldino AAO, Thomasini RL, Fel ício DC, Lustosa LP, Pereira LSM.
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines (interleukin [IL]-1- β, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor [TNF]-α, and the soluble TNF receptor 1 [sTNF-R1]), disability, and risk of falls in older women with acute low bac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Sit, Stand, Sit: The New Science About How To Best Use Your Standing Desk
(CNN) — Sitting is the new smoking, we’re told, and suddenly sit-stand desks are everywhere. But do we know just how healthy they are and the best ways to use them? Science is just now catching up to the trend, and you might be surprised at what research has uncovered. “When they first came out, sit-stand desks were marketed as a way to lose weight, right? The next kind of cure to obesity,” said April Chambers, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. “And they just don’t do that.” Chambers and colleagues from Tufts University and the Office Ergonomics...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN standing desks Tufts University Source Type: news

Cochrane Back and Neck abstracts receive high praise in recent study
Arecent study comparing low back pain systematic review abstracts to their full text was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic& Sports Physical Therapy. Looking at 66 systematic reviews reserchers found that 80% of abstracts presented spin and inconsistencies when compared to their full text. 9 of the systematic reviews investigated were Cochrane Reviews and it was found that   " Cochrane review abstracts had substantial to almost perfect agreement with the full text. "Back pain systematic reviews are overseen byCochrane Back and Neck (CBN). CBN coordinates the publication of literature reviews of diag...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Researchers determine local acupuncture needling is important for treating peripheral neuropathy successfully
(Natural News) Researchers recently found a connection between local acupuncture points and the peripheral nerves involved in neuropathy and neuropathic pain. They concluded that stimulating those local points with needles ensures the successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Numerous studies show that acupuncture improves medical conditions like chronic lower back pain, migraine and tension headaches, and chemotherapy-related... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

£ 1.8 million for trial to evaluate treatment for chronic severe low back pain
Researchers at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with North Bristol NHS Trust, the Universities of Keele and Southampton have been awarded £ 1.8 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to evaluate a treatment for chronic severe low back pain. Led by Dr Vikki Wylde, the RADICAL study will be a randomised controlled trial to find out if radiofrequency denervation, a procedure commonly used in the NHS, can provide pain relief. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - September 2, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School Source Type: news

Lower back pain: This traditional technique could improve your symptoms reveals new study
BACK PAIN can sometimes seem like a desperate situation. Despite making lifestyle tweaks, many people find the pain persists. A new study suggests an ancient approach may offer some respite. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Review Examines Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Low Back Pain
No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)
Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter - August 15, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Perspective Source Type: news

Exoskeleton suit provides smart solution to lower back pain
A smart robotic exoskeleton developed by an EU-funded project will help prevent lower back pain and provide relief to millions of people who suffer from the debilitating condition, one of the main causes of worker absenteeism worldwide. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Lower back pain: Four simple ways you can reduce your risk
LOWER back pain is more than a temporary inconvenience for many people in the UK. The pain can take weeks if not months to ease up. It is therefore imperative people take steps to avoid the risk in the first place. Here are four simple ways to reduce the risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A certain 'superman' stretch could help with lower back pain according to experts
BACK PAIN is extremely common with a whopping 80 per cent of us experiencing it at some time in our lives. There is a stretch that if done daily could greatly reduce and ease the pain felt in the lower back. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lower back pain: One surprisingly simple way to strengthen your back muscles
LOWER BACK pain is a commonly reported complaint in the UK. Most people will experience varying degrees of discomfort in this region in their lifetimes. It might come as a surprise that a simple tweak can help to ease symptoms, according to research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Helping patients get back on their feet
New clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital is improving the quality of care for people with low back pain (Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - July 27, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news