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Taking Tylenol doesn’t Speed Recovery from Low Back Pain or Reduce Symptoms more than Placebo

Health care providers who recommend that low back pain patients take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help them recover from and relieve bouts with low back pain might rethink that recommendation. A new study of nearly 1,700 acute low back pain patients found, compared to placebo, taking the pain reliever does not decrease recovery time, decrease […]

Smokers with Back Pain Should Quit for Pain’s Sake

Smokers being treated for back pain related to spinal disorders, such as herniated discs, report more pain than back pain sufferers who quit smoking during treatment, according to a new study.

There has long been a scientific link between smoking and an increased risk for low back pain. In fact, smoking is considered a […]

New Survey on Low Back Pain Reveals Most Americans Don’t Seek Treatment

Low back pain affects nearly two-thirds of Americans. However, a whopping 37 percent do not seek professional help for pain relief, according to the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Move Forward Low Back Pain Survey.

“Most people experience low back pain at some point in their lives, but many people don’t realize they can […]

Excess Weight Leads to Spine Disc Degeneration, Study Concludes

Overweight and obese adults are more likely than normal weight adults to have degenerated discs in the lower spine, according to a study published Jan. 30, 2012, in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

The authors recruited 2,599 adults from Southern China between 2001 and 2009. Their ages were 21 and older. Some had back […]