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Relievant touts 1-year Intracept trial results
Relievant Medsystems today released the results from the Smart trial of its Intracept intraosseous nerve ablation system exploring its usefulness at treating chronic lower back pain, touting significant decreases in pain from baseline at three months. The Intracept system is designed to use radio frequency energy delivered through specially designed instruments during a minimally invasive surgical procedure to access and ablate the basivertebral nerve to prevent it from transmitting pain signals. Results from the trial were reported in the European Spine Journal, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said. “The In...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Pain Management Spinal Relievant Medsystems Inc. Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How should you sleep if you have lower back pain?
Lower back pain can prevent a person from sleeping well, which, in itself, can make back pain worse. Learn about how to sleep to reduce back pain. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Back Pain Source Type: news

You Asked: Can Hanging Upside Down Relieve Back Pain?
If you’ve ever seen a TV commercial for inversion tables—those tilting contraptions that allow you to hang upside down by your ankles—and you suffer from back pain, you’ve probably been tempted to buy one. The ads claim that by dangling upside-down, bat-like, you’ll create separation between the vertebrae of your spine and neck. That separation supposedly reduces pressure on the nerves running between and around these vertebrae. You’ll relax tense muscles, and increase the flow of “nutrients” to the disks of your spine—all of which should help relieve back pain and prom...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Back Pain benefits of hanging upside down Exercise/Fitness healthytime inversion table inversion table therapy is hanging upside down good for you remedies for back pain what does an inversion table do yoga yoga headsta Source Type: news

This simple exercise could PREVENT lower back pain
BACK pain affects 80 per cent of people at some point in the lives, and can also cause a throbbing sensation in the abdomen, numbness and loss of bladder control. But, you could get rid of lower back pain symptoms by doing this one exercise everyday. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lower back pain - Do this simple exercise to stop the ache in your spine
BACK pain affects 80 per cent of people at some point in the lives, and can also cause a throbbing sensation in the abdomen, numbness and loss of bladder control. But, you could get rid of lower back pain symptoms by doing this one exercise everyday. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Back pain - PREVENT chronic condition by following this diet plan
BACK pain affects about 80 per cent of people at some point in their lives. Changing your posture could help to prevent lower back pain, but this diet plan could also help to relieve signs of painful joints. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do you suffer from back pain? Eating these foods could PREVENT chronic condition
BACK pain affects about 80 per cent of people at some point in their lives. Changing your posture could help to prevent lower back pain, but this diet plan could also help to relieve signs of painful joints. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery
(Reuters Health) - - Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study uncovers key to preventing back pain in runners
(MediaSource) Low back pain is a common complaint among both elite and recreational runners, but the true cause of it remains a mystery. So researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center used motion capture technology to observe how a runner's muscles work while they're in motion. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Si-Bone touts BCBS SI joint fusion operation assessment rating upgrade
Si-Bone today touted that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association assigned triangular implants for SI joint fusion, including the company’s iFuse implant, as a “moderate” quality evidence recommendation after an extensive review of safety and effectiveness data on the devices and procedures. The “moderate” grade is the second highest on BCBSA’s four-tier rating system, according to San Jose, Calif.-based Si-Bone, and requires sufficient clinical evidence to judge health outcomes with the devices. In the update, the BCBSA states that evidence is sufficient to show that the device, use...
Source: Mass Device - January 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Spinal Si-Bone Source Type: news

Lower extremity injury increases risk of first-time low back pain in the U.S. Army - Seay JF, Shing T, Wilburn K, Westrick R, Kardouni J.
This study examined acute LEI as a risk factor for developing LBP and examined the time to incident LB... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

FDA panel votes against recommending Intrinsic Therapeutics ’ Barricaid spinal prosthesis
An FDA advisory panel voted 5 to 8 against recommending approval for Intrinsic Therapeutics’s Barricaid prosthesis designed for partial annulus replacement in patients with herniated discs, according to a MedPage Today report. The negative recommendation came based on concerns over the safety of the device, including breakage rate and certain endplate lesions of unknown origin. The same panel voted 12 to 1 in favor of the device’s efficacy, according to the report. “There was a high rate of breakage of the device, a high rate of migration, and [there was] the unknown nature of [some endplate] lesions,&rdq...
Source: Mass Device - December 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Intrinsic Therapeutics Source Type: news

Lower back pain: STRESS is most common cause, claims Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
BACK pain - especially in the lower back - is a common problem that will affect about 80 per cent of people at some point in their lifetime. But, most of the time there ’s absolutely nothing to worry about, said The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy . (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lower back pain warning: Sitting like THIS is an unlikely cause of symptoms reveals expert
LOWER BACK pain is an increasingly common problem in the UK. An expert reveals the many causes of symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Community Pharmacist's Role in Managing Lower Back Pain The Community Pharmacist's Role in Managing Lower Back Pain
The pharmacist may be the first healthcare professional consulted for back pain. Familiarize yourself with the most recent guidelines recommended by the ACP in this article.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Pharmacist Journal Article Source Type: news

Review Cautions Against Gabapentinoids for Chronic Low Back Pain
No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)
Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter - December 1, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CME Article Source Type: news

Back pain agony cure: One-off 10minute treatment helps cure lower back pain
MILLIONS of people who suffer the daily agony of lower back pain could be cured with a revolutionary treatment, it was revealed yesterday. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Electrical Pulses May Ease Pain From 'Slipped' Disc
A new treatment that aims electrical pulses at irritated nerves around the spinal cord appears effective at relieving chronic lower back pain and sciatica, a preliminary study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Electrical Pulses May Ease Pain From'Slipped' Disc
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 -- A new treatment that aims electrical pulses at irritated nerves around the spinal cord appears effective at relieving chronic lower back pain and sciatica, a preliminary study suggests. The minimally invasive procedure,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Egalet ’ s extended-release, abuse-deterrent opioid succeeds in Ph3 trial
Shares in Egalet Corp. (NSDQ:EGLT) soared this morning in pre-market activity after the company reported that its abuse-deterrent, extended-release oxycodone candidate met the primary endpoint of a Phase III pain relief trial. The Wayne, Penn.-based company compared the efficacy and safety of its product to a placebo in opioid-experienced and opioid-naïve patients with moderate-to-severe chronic low back pain. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Egalet’s extended-release, abuse-deterrent opioid succeeds in Ph3 trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - November 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Pain Management Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat egalet Source Type: news

Cost-Effectiveness of MBSR vs CBT in Chronic Low Back Pain Cost-Effectiveness of MBSR vs CBT in Chronic Low Back Pain
Are these interventions cost-effective treatment options for patients with chronic low back pain?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Doctors are now prescribing non-medical pain management techniques for low back pain, such as yoga and meditation
(Natural News) People are less tolerant to pain nowadays, and it’s significantly reducing global productivity and adding more weight on opioid dependency. Lower back pain (LBP) is one of these intolerable pains that plague urban inhabitants. It is the leading cause of disability and is also the second most common reason for seeking medical attention.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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