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Do You Need a Lower Epidural Steroid Dose if You Have Diabetes?

epidural steroids and diabetes in spinal stenosisEpidural steroid injections for back pain have long been a popular way of treating spinal stenosis related to inflammation in the lumbar spine. The safety of these injections has, especially in the past couple of years, been called into question numerous times, and one such concern is the documented effect on blood glucose that occurs after epidural steroid injections. Continue reading “Do You Need a Lower Epidural Steroid Dose if You Have Diabetes?” »

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Chiropractic Treatment Benefits Back-Related Leg Pain

chiropractic for spinal stenosis back and leg painAn article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this month concluded that home exercise and advice was more effective when combined with spinal manipulation for leg pain related to spinal problems. The study, which took place in Minnesota and Iowa, involved 192 patients with back-related leg pain, a common symptom of spinal stenosis, that had lasted for at least 4 weeks. Continue reading “Chiropractic Treatment Benefits Back-Related Leg Pain” »

Low Back Pain Most Common Cause of Disability in the World

low back pain worldwide statisticsLow back pain is already the biggest cause of worldwide disability and with the world’s population getting older there is an increasing need to find better ways to improve back health and prevent pain from conditions such as spinal stenosis. Some 10% of people worldwide complain of low back pain, with those in Western Europe reporting the highest prevalence as here it affects around 15% of people. Regions of North America where average income was high had a relatively low prevalence of low back pain (7.7% for men and women), suggesting that economics influence pain. Continue reading “Low Back Pain Most Common Cause of Disability in the World” »

Back Pain Unaffected by the Weather, New Review Says

weather and back pain caduceus wind vaneIt’s commonly thought that the weather and joint pain are interconnected somehow, with people claiming to be able to predict storms based on their rheumatism. However, despite these beliefs being widespread, a new case-crossover study out of Australia has concluded that lower back pain isn’t affected by wind, rain, humidity or air pressure, so why do such beliefs persist? Continue reading “Back Pain Unaffected by the Weather, New Review Says” »

Lower Back Pain in Men – Is it Time to Check Your Prostate?

prostate problems and lower back painThere are myriad causes of lower back pain but one issue that you might not suspect is prostate cancer. In older men both prostate problems and lower back pain are common and so it can be difficult to determine if one is connected to the other.

Regular check-ups are, of course, recommended and anyone with signs of prostate infection or enlargement should seek medical attention immediately. Continue reading “Lower Back Pain in Men – Is it Time to Check Your Prostate?” »

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Staphylococcus Aureus and Spondylodiscitis

spondylodiscitis spinal stenosis low back pain causesThe diagnosis of spondylodiscitis as a cause of low back pain is increasingly frequent but this condition, which can prove fatal, is still commonly overlooked due to the simple fact that low back pain affects so many people. Spondylodiscitis is a spinal infection causing inflammation of the vertebrae and the disc space.

Typically it is caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus and is more common in older adults, but what’s the prognosis if you have spondylodiscitis and low back pain? Continue reading “Staphylococcus Aureus and Spondylodiscitis” »

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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” »

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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Best Ways to Sleep to Avoid Back Pain

spinal stenosis back pain sleep positionsAvoiding back pain is no easy feat, but just changing the way you sleep could offer the most significant relief yet! You might be proactive about posture at work, spend time at the gym or outdoors staying fit and healthy, and avoid slouching on the couch in the evenings and at weekends but when you spend a third of your time in bed it may be that your back pain is connected to something you’re doing unconsciously. Continue reading “Best Ways to Sleep to Avoid Back Pain” »