New clinical guideline issued for treating low back pain
Low back pain affects millions of people in the United States, and the condition is one of the most common reasons for people missing work. New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend noninvasive ways of treating nonradicular low back pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Ankylosing spondylitis: X-ray and imaging techniques
X-rays and other imaging techniques for ankylosing spondylitis are an important part of getting an accurate diagnosis of this condition.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
The secret to beating bone and joint health injuries? Get to the right medical...
ROSEMONT, Ill. Aug. 14, 2017 -- Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors with extensive training in the diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedists can help prevent injuries put people back together provide patients with in-home exercises and ergonomically proper reconditioning programs or pair patients with rehabilitation professionals for nonsurgical or post-surgical rehabilitation ther ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Evidence does not support the use of gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain
Existing evidence on the use of gabapentinoids in chronic low back pain CLBP is limited, and demonstrates significant risk of adverse effects with no benefits on pain relief, according to a meta-analysis published in PLOS Medicine by Harsha Shanthanna from McMaster University, Canada, and colleagues. Gabapentinoids, including pregabalin and gabapentin, are increasingly used for non-specific CLBP. In the new study, researchers analyzed findings from 8 rando ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
New tool aims to make surgery safer by helping doctors see nerves
WASHINGTON -- During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new noninvasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally injuring nerves or assist them in identifying nerves in need of repair. Although nerve injuries are a known complication for many types of surgery, surgeries involving the hand and ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Early rotator cuff surgery yields good long-term outcomes
Aug. 17, 2017 - Early surgery to repair tears of one of the shoulder rotator cuff muscles provides lasting improvement in strength, function, and other outcomes, reports a study in the August 16, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . Repairs of isolated supraspinatus tears maintained considerable improvement in clinical and radiographic outcomes at 10 years, according to the report b ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults
Podcast post-embargo link https soundcloud. com cmajpodcasts 161034-res Sedentary time, for example, time spent sitting, increases the risk of death for middle-aged and older people who are frail and inactive, but does not appear to increase the risk for nonfrail people who are inactive, according to a new study published in CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal . Many studies have looked at the benefits of physical activity on health, although little ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
New understanding of how muscles work
Muscle malfunctions may be as simple as a slight strain after exercise or as serious as heart failure and muscular dystrophy. A new technique developed at McGill now makes it possible to look much more closely at how sarcomeres, the basic building blocks within all skeletal and cardiac muscles, work together. It s a discovery that should advance research into a wide range of muscle malfunctions. Talk about finicky work Sarcomeres are the smallest unit with ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Piriformis syndrome: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Piriformis syndrome causes pain in the buttocks and hip. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated by the piriformis muscle.
Medical News Today - Thu. Jul 27
New drug target could change chronic pain medication
New research has uncovered a target for chronic and pathologic pain, which could lead to better drugs for those affected by pain in the future.
Medical News Today - Wed. Jul 26
Radiculopathy: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Radiculopathy, or a pinched nerve in the spine, can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, weakness, and numbness.
Medical News Today - Sun. Jul 23
New form of CBT may help with chronic pain management
New research zooms in on a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy and examines its benefits for people living with chronic pain.
Medical News Today - Tue. Jul 18