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Bracing for Spinal Compression Fractures Might Not be Necessary

Osteoporosis-related compression fractures in the spine are often treated with bracing. But a recent study shows patients who wore the braces did no better than patients who did not. The study, published December 3, 2014 in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, found that patients with the spinal compression fractures who wore braces […]

Movement Combats Back Pain

Back pain, which statistics show will affect 75 percent of us at least once in our lifetimes, might make you think you need to take pain medications and rest until the pain subsides. But new research suggests movement could be the best medicine for the common backache.

There‚Äôs a widespread belief that back […]

FDA Warns Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Back, Neck Pain May Result in Rare but Serious Adverse Events

Many people who have pain in the back or neck, as well as pain radiating into the legs or arms, are treated with injectable corticosteroids. Injected into the epidural space of the spine, the injections are done to reduce swelling and inflammation, and, ultimately, temporarily relieve pain or discomfort.

But the U.S. Food […]

Physical Therapy as Effective as Surgery for Common Back Problem

Physical therapy and other nonoperative treatments are just as effective at reducing pain and disability as surgical spinal fusion for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease. This is according to a study published September 15, 2013 in the scientific journal World Neurosurgery.

Researchers at the University of Virginia studied 96 people with degenerative disc […]