Back Pain

Back Pain
Back pain (also known as dorsalgia) is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain is one of humanity's most frequent complaints. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year.
  • A decline in calcium levels and weakness are main reasons for back pain in women.
  • Ninety-six per cent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • A study led by researchers in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows unexpected and extensive natural recovery after spinal cord injury in primates.
  • The lack of physical activity and a bad posture results in one experiencing back pain, and are some of the most common reasons why one ends with a bad back.
  • A group of children who underwent fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine 30 years ago showed a clear reduction in back pain when followed up seven years later. A new study of these patients as adults has found that the benefits have lasted, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital presented this week at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) annual international conference in Gothenburg.
  • Back pain has become quite a common lifestyle ailment, given the amount of time a person spends before the computer or laptop. As more and more of us sit in front of the computer and at our desks for long hours, our spinal posture gets misshapen.
  • Emerging Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets:EHSI): Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration gave their highly-anticipated approval for the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), which are the type of cells that can develop into all tissues of the body.
  • Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after spinal cord injury, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments.
  • Medtronic's experimental spine implant was recommended for approval by the FDA advisory panel with a 6-5 vote that benefits of the Amplify device outweigh risks. Three panelists abstained.
  • Modern day work habits often make people sit for long hours before their computers and monitors. Back ache is the most common complaint from those who spend a good portion of each day sitting.
  • The widely used dietary supplement to treat back and arthritis pain glucosamine may not be effective, according to a new study.
  • Slavishly following long-held guidelines for diagnosing the cause of arthritis-related back pain is resulting in excessive tests, delays in pain relief and wasteful spending of as much as $10,000 per patient, new Johns Hopkins-led research suggests.
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