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Evidence mounts that daily opioid users may fare worse after spine surgery, st...
In a multicenter database study of adults who had undergone surgery for spinal deformities, researchers say that those who had used narcotics daily on average had worse outcomes, such as longer intensive care unit stays and more severe postop disability, compared with those who did not use opioids preoperatively. A report of the findings published in Spine on March 13, 2018, adds to evidence for the negative effects of preoperative opioid use on outcomes. ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 16
Back pain after eating: 8 causes and how to treat them
Back pain after eating is often the result of referred pain. This is pain that originates in one area of the body and radiates to another. Several problems can cause back pain after eating, ranging from poor posture to ulcers.
Medical News Today - Fri. Apr 13
Study Questions Chiropractic's Impact on Back Pain
For the millions of Americans with chronic low back pain, a silver bullet to alleviate the condition has yet to be identified, a new study suggests. Reviewing 26 studies comparing spinal manipulative therapy SMT to other treatments such as medication, exercise or physical therapy, researchers from the Netherlands found that SMT appears to be no better or worse than other options at relieving back pain long-term. The analyses indicated that SMT -- which inv ...
Healthday - Fri. Apr 13
What is the best way to treat infected hip replacements?
New research has found treating an infected hip replacement in a single stage procedure may be as effective or better than the widely used two-stage procedure. To date no well-designed study has compared these procedures head-to-head to decide if one is better or if they achieve the same results. Hip replacement is a very common operation that is effective at providing pain relief and improving mobility, however, infection can sometimes occur following joi ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 9
More dairy associated with higher bone density and greater spine strength in m...
BOSTON -- Researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife s Institute for Aging Research IFAR , Wageningen University, Tilburg University, University of Reading, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BIDMC have discovered that higher intake of dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, is associated with higher volumetric bone mineral density and vertebral strength at the spine in men. Dairy intake seems to be most beneficial for men over age 50, and continued t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 9
Regular stretching shown to improve muscles in elderly
Daily muscle stretching could bring health benefits to elderly people with reduced mobility, according to new research published today in the Journal of Physiology . Despite the well-known beneficial effects of exercise, the proportion of elderly people participating in regular exercise programmes is low, often due to the strenuous nature of exercise training. In particular, elderly people with reduced mobility and weak muscles are often less likely to tak ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Apr 5
Scoliosis surgery in children with cerebral palsy -- quality of life benefits ...
April 4, 2018 - For children with severe cerebral palsy CP , surgery for scoliosis sideways curvature of the spine significantly improves the quality of life QoL for them and their caregivers , reports a study in the April 4, 2018, issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . Scoliosis surgery in patients with CP leads to a significant improvement in health-related QoL, which is maintained five ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Apr 5
Patients with Medicaid have limited access to physical therapy in Massachusetts
BOSTON - Patients with Medicaid in Massachusetts have limited access to reimbursable physical therapy PT after anterior cruciate ligament ACL reconstruction surgery, according to a new study. Researchers at Boston Medical Center found that only slightly more than half of PT clinics in the metropolitan Boston area accept Medicaid, and patients with Medicaid insurance have to wait longer for their initial PT appointments compared to those with private insura ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Apr 5
Sulfur amino acid restriction diet triggers new blood vessel formation in mice
Boston, MA - Putting mice on a diet containing low amounts of the essential amino acid methionine triggered the formation of new blood vessels in skeletal muscle, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The finding adds insight to previous research showing that a methionine-restricted diet extends lifespan and healthspan, suggesting that improved vascular function may contribute to these benefits. The benefits of methionine ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 29
Military surgeons report 'alarming frequency' of bench press injuries
MAYWOOD, IL - While deployed in combat zones, U.S. armed forces prepare for the rigors of combat and stay in peak condition by lifting weights during intense and demanding workouts. However a new study has found that serious chest muscle injuries are occurring with alarming frequency among deployed service members who lift weights. The injuries - tears of the pectoralis major tendon - occurred while doing bench press weight training. The injuries then requ ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 29
Rate of hip replacement revision surgery declines in all age groups -- except ...
March 22, 2018 - As more patients undergo total hip arthroplasty THA before age 65, the rate of repeat hip surgery due to complications has risen sharply in this younger age group , reports a study in the March 21, 2018, issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . Between 2007 and 2013, the rate of THA revision surgery has increased in adults aged 45 to 64 while decreasing in all other age grou ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 29
Weight loss after stomach-narrowing surgery eases chronic knee pain
A new report finds that extremely obese people who have a band surgically strapped around their stomachs to restrict food intake not only lose weight but also suffer less from arthritic knee pain. The pain, say the study leaders at NYU School of Medicine, proceeds from the deterioration and related inflammation in knee joints caused in part by the extra weight they bear. And while the pain relief seen with lap-band surgery applied to all patients with oste ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 21