Back Pain

Multiple measurements more accurately predicts pain

Multiple measurements more accurately predicts pain

Fluctuating nature of low back pain suggests measuring outcomes more frequently may aid prediction.

Unusual use of radiation therapy for pelvic pain

Unusual use of radiation therapy for pelvic pain

A woman suffers cyclic pain after multiple abdominal and pelvic surgeries.

No evidence for long-term opioids in low back pain

No evidence for long-term opioids in low back pain

Opioids may provide some short-term relief for low back pain, but evidence on long-term outcomes lacking.

Physicals lacking in low back pain care

Physicals lacking in low back pain care

One in five patient encounters do not include palpation.

Patient perception of pain predicts outcomes

Patient perception of pain predicts outcomes

Patients' perception that their pain will persist significantly predict worse short- and long-term outcomes for low back pain.

Sciatica relief from epidural steroids is brief

Sciatica relief from epidural steroids is brief

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Epidural corticosteroid injections only offers short-term relief of leg pain and disability for patients with sciatica.

Effect of self-managment on low back pain small

Effect of self-managment on low back pain small

Review shows use of self-management techniques has minimal effect on pain and disability.

Targeted exercise relieves sciatica pain

Targeted exercise relieves sciatica pain

Symptom-guided therapy relieves back pain and improves outcomes for patients with severe sciatica.

Massage effectively eases chronic low back pain

Relaxation massage and structural massage each surpassed usual care in improving pain and function in patients with chronic low back pain.

Fulranumab well tolerated but no clinical benefit for chronic low back pain

Fulranumab no more efficacious than placebo for treating patients with chronic low back pain.

GI side effects of pain medication

What are the side effects of fentanyl?

Benefits of duloxetine in chronic low-back pain unclear

Mixed evidence supporting duloxetine for treatment of chronic low-back pain.

Unexplained low-back pain in an adolescent with scoliosis

Unexplained low-back pain in an adolescent with scoliosis

Nothing offered more than temporary relief for the aching, constant pain, which was unaccompanied by other symptoms.

Patient seeks alternative therapy for melanoma

Cancer metastasis when patient ignores oncology referral.

Cancer missed because patient lacked health insurance

Nurse commits to dedicating more time to free clinics.

Nurse-led spine clinic yields high patient satisfaction

The majority of patients would prefer to see specially trained nurse practitioners for back pain than wait to see a surgeon, findings from a new study suggest.

Sniffing out phony back pain

What is the best way to differentiate between a patient who has legitimate back pain and someone who is looking for a drug prescription or workers' compensation?

Slip and fall ends in more than a simple muscle strain

Slip and fall ends in more than a simple muscle strain

Four weeks after the accident, the patient was still in severe pain and reported urinary frequency.

Glucosamine doesn't help back pain in arthritis

Glucosamine was no more effective than placebo in reducing disability among people with chronic low-back pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis.

New guidelines nix TENS for chronic back pain

New guidelines nix TENS for chronic back pain

However, TENS should be considered for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy.

Low back pain: Steps you may be overlooking

Your main challenge is to pinpoint the true cause and limit invasive interventions. A leading rheumatologist tells how to achieve these goals.

Back pain diagnosis and management tools

Back pain diagnosis and management tools

An effective and relatively quick method for zeroing in on the root of back pain coupled with new findings about acupuncture treatment could help clinicians better manage this common complaint from patients.

Keep low back pain patients out of surgery

Education, self-management, and pharmacologic as well as nonpharmacologic therapies take center stage in this latest, jointly issued guideline.

Self-care can relieve back pain

Clinicians may be able to help patients with chronic back pain overcome discomfort by employing a self-care program known as the Alexander technique...

Was Mrs. W's back pain preventable?

Her discomfort could have been from inevitable arthritis, but there were signs of a different diagnosis.

Tripod sign for back pain

A useful clinical pearl to help spot the drug-seeking patient with low back pain.

Back and leg pain aggravated by hiking

The patient began to lose hope after a canyon hike re-aggravated her low back pan and leg numbness.

Lidocaine patches for back pain?

Current studies have focused on these patches as adjunctive therapy to more traditional modes of treatment.

Choosing right the therapy for herniated disks

Choosing right the therapy for herniated disks

Studies have determined which patients would benefit from spine surgery and which ones would not.

Can a heating pad cause cancer?

The patient is concerned about skin and other cancers due to excessive exposure to the warmth.

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