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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.
Non-invasive and drug-free PEMF therapy can help improve detrimental effects of Arthritis

Non-invasive and drug-free PEMF therapy can help improve detrimental effects of Arthritis

Arthritis, a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint, is suspected to affect a mammoth 10 million people in the UK alone. [More]
Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

Prescription opioid headlines are staggering: 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids; they cost the United States economy $78.5 billion a year; and 227 million opioid prescriptions were handed out in the U.S. in 2015. [More]
New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

New study to explore ways of helping chronic pain patients get back to work

Researchers from the University of Warwick's Medical School are leading a novel study to explore ways of helping people with chronic pain back to work. [More]
RB Knowledge for Health Survey reveals people want simpler health information for self care

RB Knowledge for Health Survey reveals people want simpler health information for self care

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, is supporting Self Care Week, a UK national initiative which seeks to support communities, families and generations to look after their own health better. [More]
Surgery more effective in reducing sex life-related pain in patients with spinal disorders, study finds

Surgery more effective in reducing sex life-related pain in patients with spinal disorders, study finds

For patients with degenerative spinal disease, surgery is more effective in reducing pain that interferes with sexual activity, compared to nonsurgical treatment, reports a study in the November 15 issue of Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Pancreatic cancer to become third leading cause of death in the EU in 2017

Pancreatic cancer to become third leading cause of death in the EU in 2017

The number of deaths from pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer mortality rates in the EU in 2017, a study has found. [More]
Medicrea Group to implement LIFETIME WARRANTY on patient-specific UNiD technology

Medicrea Group to implement LIFETIME WARRANTY on patient-specific UNiD technology

The Medicrea Group, worldwide leader pioneering the development and manufacture of personalized analytical services and implant solutions for the treatment of complex spinal conditions, announced today that the Company will implement a LIFETIME WARRANTY on its patient-specific UNiD™ technology. [More]
New high-frequency SCS technique offers better outcomes for patients with chronic back and leg pain

New high-frequency SCS technique offers better outcomes for patients with chronic back and leg pain

For patients with severe, chronic back and leg pain, a new high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technique provides superior clinical outcomes, compared to conventional low-frequency SCS, reports a clinical trial in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Study shows spinal supporting muscles may weaken during spaceflight

Study shows spinal supporting muscles may weaken during spaceflight

How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Many back pain patients taking opioids get limited relief and worry about side effects, study finds

Many back pain patients taking opioids get limited relief and worry about side effects, study finds

Millions of people take opioids for chronic back pain, but many of them get limited relief while experiencing side effects and worrying about the stigma associated with taking them, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting. [More]
Simple treatment can help relieve majority of back pain

Simple treatment can help relieve majority of back pain

During their lifetime, as many as eight out of ten people experience back pain that lasts more than three days. However, for a vast majority of these people, the pain goes away with simple treatment. [More]
Knowingly taking placebo pills can help alleviate chronic back pain, study finds

Knowingly taking placebo pills can help alleviate chronic back pain, study finds

Conventional medical wisdom has long held that placebo effects depend on patients' belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. [More]
Tai Chi can effectively alleviate persistent neck pain, study finds

Tai Chi can effectively alleviate persistent neck pain, study finds

Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain, according to results of randomized controlled trial reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org. [More]
Leading kidney charities launch social media campaign to raise awareness of polycystic kidney disease

Leading kidney charities launch social media campaign to raise awareness of polycystic kidney disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease International has joined forces with six European kidney charities to launch a social media campaign called Give PKD the Bump. [More]
Scientists identify potential new way to prevent chronic urinary tract infections

Scientists identify potential new way to prevent chronic urinary tract infections

Researchers have identified a potential way to prevent chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Their research points to a key protein that bacteria use to latch onto the bladder and cause UTIs, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

'I won't be able to cope with my pain if I don't sleep well' - research from the University of Warwick reveals that the way chronic pain patients think about pain and sleep leads to insomnia and poor management of pain. [More]
New study shows how increase in medication-resistant bacteria impedes treatment of kidney infections

New study shows how increase in medication-resistant bacteria impedes treatment of kidney infections

The increase in illnesses and deaths linked to medication-resistant bacteria has been well-documented by researchers and received extensive public attention in recent years. Now, UCLA-led research shows how these bacteria are making it more difficult to treat a common but severe kidney infection. [More]
UAB researchers find microRNA as potential therapeutic target for MDD

UAB researchers find microRNA as potential therapeutic target for MDD

A tiny RNA appears to play a role in producing major depression, the mental disorder that affects as many as 250 million people a year worldwide. [More]
Complementary health approaches appear to be effective in helping manage pain

Complementary health approaches appear to be effective in helping manage pain

Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches--such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture--appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. [More]
Janssen seeks to extend DARZALEX license to benefit more multiple myeloma patients

Janssen seeks to extend DARZALEX license to benefit more multiple myeloma patients

Janssen-Cilag International NV has announced the submission of a Type II variation application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), seeking to broaden the existing marketing authorisation for the immunotherapy DARZALEX® (daratumumab) to include treatment of adult patients with relapsed multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. The expanded indication is based on daratumumab in combination with lenalidomide (an immmunomodulatory agent) and dexamethasone, or bortezomib (a PI) and dexamethasone. [More]
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