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Back pain is a very common problem affecting almost all individuals at some point in their lives. Back pain most commonly affects the lower back although it can be felt anywhere along the spine. An individual may experience aching, tension and stiffness that lasts for only a few days or weeks, or these symptoms may continue for many months or even years.

In most cases, back pain does not have a specific or serious cause and is often referred to as 'non-specific' pain. However, the pain can be triggered or worsened by, for example, a poor sitting or standing posture or bending or lifting incorrectly.

The use of painkillers and keeping active is often sufficient for the condition to resolve within 12 weeks. If back pain lasts longer than this, in which case it is termed chronic pain, an individual should visit their doctor. If the back pain is accompanied by any one of a fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling in the back, chest pain, leg pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, inability to pass urine, or pain that is worse at night, then medical help should be sought immediately. These are termed 'red flag symptoms' and could be a sign of something more serious such as rheumatoid arthritis, a slipped disc or osteoporosis.

People can reduce their chance of developing back pain by engaging in regular exercise, particularly swimming or walking, taking care to bend from the knees and hips rather than the back and maintaining a good posture.
Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive devices to treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the launch and first commercial use of an updated SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System. The surgery was performed by Dr. Brett Menmuir. [More]
Obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse, depressive disorders are risk factors for low back pain

Obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse, depressive disorders are risk factors for low back pain

New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) identifies nicotine dependence, obesity, alcohol abuse and depressive disorders as risk factors for low back pain, a common condition causing disability, missed work, high medical costs and diminished life quality. [More]
New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

Chronic low back pain can limit everyday activities, including sex. New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that 70 percent of patients consider sexual activity "relevant" to their life quality, and patients who receive surgical treatment for spinal spondylolisthesis (DS) and spinal stenosis (SS)--common degenerative conditions most often occurring in older adults--were twice as likely to report no pain during sex. [More]
MIS TLIF surgery results in less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

MIS TLIF surgery results in less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. [More]

Study compares HA injections and triamcinolone in improving pain in patients with lumbar ZJT arthropathy

A study presented at AAP 2015 San Antonio compares the effectiveness of HA injections to triamcinolone in improving pain and function in patients with lumbar ZJT arthropathy. [More]
Loyola surgeon describes the immense benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery

Loyola surgeon describes the immense benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery

A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. [More]
BMC researchers to play key role in examining best treatment for acute low back pain

BMC researchers to play key role in examining best treatment for acute low back pain

Boston Medical Center researchers are part of a national clinical trial that will examine how best to treat acute low back pain and potentially prevent it from being chronic. BMC will receive $2.3 million for its role in the five-year study that was recently approved for a $14 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. [More]
FDA approves Astellas' CRESEMBA for treatment of invasive aspergillosis, invasive mucormycosis

FDA approves Astellas' CRESEMBA for treatment of invasive aspergillosis, invasive mucormycosis

Astellas today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for the use of CRESEMBA (isavuconazonium sulfate), the prodrug for isavuconazole, for patients 18 years of age and older in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis (also known as zygomycosis). [More]
Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Centene Corporation today announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness company serving employers, health plans and government programs, has received a three-year Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation renewal from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its wellness services. [More]
Study explores association between back pain and depression

Study explores association between back pain and depression

Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins in the March issue of PAIN, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
New, first-of-its-kind app helps patients with chronic pain track opioid use

New, first-of-its-kind app helps patients with chronic pain track opioid use

A new, first-of-its-kind app has launched to help patients suffering from chronic pain track their opioid use and measure pain levels to assist with the safe use of opioids. [More]
PCORI funds five patient-centered comparative effectiveness research studies

PCORI funds five patient-centered comparative effectiveness research studies

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors today approved awards totaling more than $64 million to fund five large patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies that will answer critical clinical questions about care for cancer, back pain, and stroke. [More]
Smartphones, tablets can do damage to overall health in unexpected ways

Smartphones, tablets can do damage to overall health in unexpected ways

Despite the many benefits of having information at your fingertips, smartphones and tablets can do damage to your body and overall health in unexpected ways. [More]
Survey finds high levels of abuse, serious harm associated with human trafficking

Survey finds high levels of abuse, serious harm associated with human trafficking

The largest survey to date of the health of trafficking survivors has found high levels of abuse and serious harm associated with human trafficking. For the first time, the findings reveal severe mental and physical health problems experienced by men, women and children trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. [More]
New research shows that psychological factors affect treatment for back-related disability

New research shows that psychological factors affect treatment for back-related disability

People with back pain who have low expectations of acupuncture before they start a course of treatment will gain less benefit than those people who believe it will work, according to new research from the University of Southampton. [More]
Increasing opioid doses to manage chronic pain may intensify depression

Increasing opioid doses to manage chronic pain may intensify depression

Patients who increased doses of opioid medicines to manage chronic pain were more likely to experience an increase in depression, according to Saint Louis University findings in Pain. [More]
Elusys presents positive results of obiltoxaximab for treating inhalational anthrax, post-exposure prophylaxis

Elusys presents positive results of obiltoxaximab for treating inhalational anthrax, post-exposure prophylaxis

Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. (Elusys), a biopharmaceutical company developing antibody therapies to treat infectious disease, presented data demonstrating that obiltoxaximab (ETI-204) demonstrated a statistically significant survival benefit across a range of disease severity in animal model studies assessing treatment of inhalational anthrax, as well as effectiveness in post-exposure prophylaxis. [More]
Physical, psychosocial factors can significantly increase risk of low back pain

Physical, psychosocial factors can significantly increase risk of low back pain

New research reveals the physical and psychosocial factors that significantly increase the risk of low back pain onset. In fact results published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, show that being engaged in manual tasks involving awkward positions will increase the risk of low back pain by eight times. Those who are distracted during activities or fatigued also significantly increase their risk of acute low back pain. [More]
ACA offers simple walking tips to improve cardiovascular and muscle health

ACA offers simple walking tips to improve cardiovascular and muscle health

Sedentary lifestyles are the root cause of many obesity-related diseases and neuromuscular conditions. Research shows an inactive lifestyle has a debilitating effect on our cardiovascular and muscle health as we age, therefore exercise is imperative. This is why chiropractic physicians often advise walking more to help relieve low back pain and boost overall wellness. [More]
Brown University awarded $2.5 million grant to spur physical therapy research

Brown University awarded $2.5 million grant to spur physical therapy research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy has awarded Brown University a $2.5-million, five-year grant for a new center of excellence to spur research in the field. In the Center on Health Services Training and Research, Brown, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburgh will train researchers and seed new studies to build the evidence base for physical therapy care and to improve how care is delivered. [More]
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