Back Pain Wizard

Back Pain

Also called: Backache, Lumbago

If you've ever groaned, "Oh, my aching back!", you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.

News

VCU Researchers Seek Relief for Back Pain

Study is first to look at a medicine’s ability to regenerate discs With the most common chronic pain in the back, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing whetherp injections of a sort of "biological putty" can help people suffering chronic lower-back pain. The substance, a growth factor called osteogenic protein 1 or OP-1, which can help regenerate... [Read more...]


Dr. Ken Offers Relief for Lower Back Pain in Allen, TX

Before people reach for that bottle of muscle relaxants, anit-inflammatories or ibuprofin or prescription pain medicine, they should consider recent evidence that shows that chiropractic care is more effective than drugs for back pain. A study compared chiropractic adjustments vs. muscle relaxants for the treatment of low back pain. One hundred ninety-two patients with low... [Read more...]


Opioid Painkillers Reduce Workers Low Back Pain

A new study has suggested opioid pain medications for workers with chronic low back pain, for it can significantly improve their ability to lift and perform other work-related physical tasks. For the study, a team of Canadian researchers evaluated 30 patients with chronic low back pain of more than six months duration. In the double-blinded, random-ordered, placebo-controlled... [Read more...]


Stories

O’Fallon chiropractor talks about his business and move

Dr. Anthony Peck has treated patients for about 18 years. The last nine have been spent at his Back and Neck Pain Center, in O’Fallon. He has recently moved his practice down the street, to 810 W. Highway 50. Peck recently talked to business reporter Will Buss about his business and move: Q: Why did you move to a new office? A: "At the other place, the parking was... [Read more...]


Suffered From Back Pain Woman Sues Her Insurance Company

Debra Voss is in constant pain because of a back problem. She believes she needs an operation. Fortunately, she has health insurance. Unfortunately, the health insurance company won’t pay for the operation. «I don’t know what to do,» she said. Voss is 41. She is divorced. She has three children, the youngest of whom is 10. She attended secretarial school... [Read more...]


Tips For Pregnancy Back Pain

I’m now at almost 27 weeks pregnant and 23 pounds gained. I’m not as concerned, though, ever since I learned on Friday that Logan is developing at a quicker rate than most. I’ve had major non-stop hunger lately, but there’s obviously a reason! I can also tell I’ve moved on to another phase of pregnancy because today I’m feeling nauseated... [Read more...]


Cures & Exercises

How to Keep Healthy Back

By Dr. Lee June-ho Contributing Writer A lot of patients come for consultations requesting “what is a good posture for a healthy back?” Natural daily activities require a lot of back motion, leading to a restless lumbar joint condition. Due to these continuous activities, many people naturally suffer from “discogenic back pain” by degenerative degradation of their... [Read more...]


Do you need surgery for back and neck pain?

Question: Do I need surgery for back and neck pain? Answer: Do I need surgery for back and neck pain? Most people with back and neck pain do not need surgery. What they need is the correct diagnosis and the correct management. A spine expert is usually needed to make a correct diagnosis. For example, those diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation should do extension or backward... [Read more...]


Back Pain Relief Tip Of The Day: Stretch Your Hamstrings

Many adults complain about lower-back pain. One cause is tight hamstring muscles. Here’s a safe, simple way to stretch them. Lie face-up on the floor. Bend your knees keeping your feet on the floor. Reach under the right knee with both hands and pull your knee toward your chest; hold the stretch for 15–30 seconds.From this position, loop a towel around the ankle... [Read more...]