What Is Usual Care for Low Back Pain? What Is Usual Care for Low Back Pain?
This review synthesized evidence regarding current management of lower back pain in family practice and EDs. Are clinicians following established practice guidelines?Pain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Keeping lower back pain at bay: Exercises designed by Lithuanians are 3 times more efficient
(Kaunas University of Technology) Lithuanian scientists have devised a spinal stabilization exercise program for managing lower back pain for people who perform a sedentary job. After testing the program with 70 volunteers, the researchers have found that the exercises are not only efficient in diminishing the non-specific lower back pain, but their effect lasts 3 times longer than that of a usual muscle strengthening exercise program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sleep: How to sleep with a bad back - the best tips for sleeping with lower back pain
SLEEPING with a bad back feels near impossible when you're in a great deal of pain. Don't worry, we've got some great tips to help you sleep with lower back pain. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can AI Really Distinguish Between Back Pain?
This study is important because artificial intelligence can potentially more accurately distinguish whether the pain is acute or chronic, which would determine whether a patient should return to normal activities quickly or rest and schedule follow-up visits with a physician. This study also has implications for diagnosis, treatment, and billing purposes in other musculoskeletal conditions, such as the knee, elbow, and shoulder pain, where the medical codes also do not differentiate by pain level and acuity."   (Source: MDDI)
Source: MDDI - March 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Vitamin D Tied to Back Problems in Postmenopausal Women
FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Vitamin D deficiency is associated with lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) and low back pain (LBP) in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Feb. 10 in Menopause. Hao-Wei Xu, M.D., from Tongji University... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence can scan doctors' notes to distinguish between types of back pain
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Mount Sinai researchers have designed an artificial intelligence model that can determine whether lower back pain is acute or chronic by scouring doctors' notes within electronic medical records, an approach that can help to treat patients more accurately, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in February. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Offering conservative care benefits can attract and retain the workforce of the future
Across the U.S., back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost workdays in a year. Lost work days come with a cost of more than $50 billion in health care expenses, a number that rises to $100 billion when lost wages and decreased productivity are added to the mix. That’s according to the American Chiropractic Association and data from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO reports that 72% of adult low-back pain health care visits are attributable to people under age 64 and still likely… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Laura Newpoff Source Type: news

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