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What Are Modic Changes in the Spine and Why Might Zoledronic Acid Help?

modic changes low back pain zoledronic acid pain releifA new clinical trial has found that zoledronic acid is effective at relieving low back pain associated with modic changes in the spine. What are modic changes, and are these the source of your back pain? Read on to find out if zoledronic acid treatment could help you too. Continue reading “What Are Modic Changes in the Spine and Why Might Zoledronic Acid Help?” »

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Preventing Addiction – Combined Pain Medication for Chronic Low Back Pain

chronic low back pain oxycodone addictionA new study, funded by Purdue Pharma and presented at the American Pain Society (APS) 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, outlined how a novel extended-release oxycodone and naloxone protocol for chronic low back pain could help reduce the risk of addiction to pain medications in patients. Over a thousand people were recruited for the study, all of whom had chronic low back pain for which they were taking opioid painkillers, a type of medication that poses a high risk of addiction. Continue reading “Preventing Addiction – Combined Pain Medication for Chronic Low Back Pain” »

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Back Pain – Is it all in Your Genes?

genes and painA presentation at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 66th Annual Meeting could change the way physicians view patients for whom typical doses of pain medications aren’t effective. The presentation described results of a study that found a genetic component to pain perception, meaning that the way we perceive pain may be inherited from our parents, and not just through social conditioning. Continue reading “Back Pain – Is it all in Your Genes?” »

Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?

sciatica spinal stenosis obesity and overweightCarrying a lot of body weight can put immense pressure on the joints, including those in the spine, so it may come as no surprise to many that obesity is a risk factor for sciatica, a condition often caused by spinal stenosis. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, an overweight person is 12% more likely to be diagnosed with sciatica, and an obese person 31% more likely than someone who classes as being of normal weight. Continue reading “Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?” »

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Low-Level Light Therapy for Osteoarthritis – How Does it Work, if at all?

lllt for back painAt least half of us will experience osteoarthritis during our lives, and some 80% of those over 75 have this condition. Caused by wear and tear, injury and trauma to the joints, and other factors, osteoarthritis can be a cause of spinal stenosis and back pain.

Many people resort to long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to cope with their back pain from osteoarthritis but an alternative approach, low-level light (laser) therapy (LLLT) is becoming increasingly popular. Continue reading “Low-Level Light Therapy for Osteoarthritis – How Does it Work, if at all?” »