Back Pain News and Research

RSS
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.
MRI scans of healthy military recruits reveal sacroiliac joint damage that mimics axial spondyloarthritis

MRI scans of healthy military recruits reveal sacroiliac joint damage that mimics axial spondyloarthritis

Stoked! Weed may light the flame for a roll in the hay

Stoked! Weed may light the flame for a roll in the hay

Report reveals high risk of back, shoulder and other injuries for competitive divers

Report reveals high risk of back, shoulder and other injuries for competitive divers

Bariatric surgical patients may be vulnerable to opioid dependence

Bariatric surgical patients may be vulnerable to opioid dependence

Existing drugs could help patients with rare form of bone cancer

Existing drugs could help patients with rare form of bone cancer

Low-cost, high-volume services contribute the most to unnecessary health spending, study suggests

Low-cost, high-volume services contribute the most to unnecessary health spending, study suggests

Feeling stiff does not reflect true biomechanical back stiffness, study suggests

Feeling stiff does not reflect true biomechanical back stiffness, study suggests

First-ever treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma receives approval in Japan

First-ever treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma receives approval in Japan

Improving porter efficiency in hospitals using electric tugs

Improving porter efficiency in hospitals using electric tugs

FDA grants approval for new biosimilar to treat multiple types of cancer

FDA grants approval for new biosimilar to treat multiple types of cancer

New HIVMA guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV for chronic pain

New HIVMA guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV for chronic pain

Desk job? Get up and move every half an hour !

Desk job? Get up and move every half an hour !

Undiagnosed vertebral fractures linked to back pain, limited physical activity in older men

Undiagnosed vertebral fractures linked to back pain, limited physical activity in older men

Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby

Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby

Millennials regret opioid use, prefer lifestyle changes to manage pain

Millennials regret opioid use, prefer lifestyle changes to manage pain

Researchers create smart, mechanized undergarment to offload stress on the low back

Researchers create smart, mechanized undergarment to offload stress on the low back

Back to Basics: Chiropractors provide safe, non-drug approach to pain relief

Back to Basics: Chiropractors provide safe, non-drug approach to pain relief

Yoga benefits veterans with chronic low back pain, study shows

Yoga benefits veterans with chronic low back pain, study shows

New treatment receives FDA approval to reduce complications of sickle cell disease

New treatment receives FDA approval to reduce complications of sickle cell disease

Existing drugs could help subgroup of patients with osteosarcoma, suggest scientists

Existing drugs could help subgroup of patients with osteosarcoma, suggest scientists