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Back Pain? Move, Don't Rest Says Study

Move if you have back pain, this is the advice of a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Patients with acute low back pain who were advised to stay active despite the pain fared better than those who were told to adjust their activity in line with their pain. The thesis looked at 109 patients with acute severe lowback pain. They were randomly advised in one of two ways: "stay active even though it hurts" or "adjust your activity to the pain". They were also asked to keep a diary for seven days and to note how many steps they took each day, to what extent they could carry out their day-to-day activities and how they felt physically. They also completed a form to show whether they felt depressed or not. In spite of having more pain, the group that was advised to be as active as possible recovered more quickly and did not feel depressed at the end of the follow-up.

Don't Let Backpacks Become Back-to-School Back Pain

While backpacks are an essential and stylish way for children to express their personal taste as they head back to school, these over-the-shoulder carriers for books, lunches and supplies can also injure a child's back. Dr. Danielle Cooley, an osteopathic family physician and hands-on pain care specialist from the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, has advice on picking the best backpack and using it properly to avoid pain or injuries. "Children often choose backpacks that reflect their style, but parents need to be sure the one they select doesn't also have the potential for harm, " Dr. Cooley said. "Backpacks that are too heavy or used improperly can pull on ligaments and muscles, causing aches and pains in the neck and back and resulting in dysfunction of the entire body. In severe cases, this can even contribute to deformity of the spine.

Backpacks Can Mean Backaches For Back-To-Schoolers

Millions of children returning to school this fall will struggle under the weight of an overstuffed backpack, putting themselves at risk of injury, according to Dr. Joshua Hyman, director of orthopedic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. "Parents should inspect their child's backpack from time to time. They often carry much more than they should with extra shoes, toys, electronic devices and other unnecessary items, " says Dr. Hyman, who is also associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "A backpack shouldn't weigh more than 15 percent of the child's weight, or about 7 pounds for a child who weighs 50 pounds. If it is textbooks that are making the bag too heavy, parents should speak with the teacher -- sometimes these books can be left at school, " adds Dr.

Relievant Medsystems Receives FDA Approval To Begin Pivotal Study To Evaluate The Intracept System For Minimally Invasive Treatment Of Low Back Pain

Relievant Medsystems, Inc. announced the company has received Food and Drug Administration approval of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to begin their SMART pivotal trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Intracept® System for treatment of chronic low back pain. The SMART trial (Surgical Multi-center Assessment of RF Ablation for the Treatment of Vertebrogenic Back Pain) is a prospective, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled investigation evaluating the reduction of pain in patients with chronic axial low back pain. The pivotal study will treat 200 patients at major medical centers around the United States with the Intracept System to determine the safety and effectiveness of this product. Enrollment in the SMART trial will begin this summer, with data analysis after the last subject has completed six months of follow-up.

Shedding New Light On Prediction Of Spinal Disc Degeneration

About 80% of the active population suffers from low back pain at some point in their lives. In a paper published in PLoS Computational Biology, researchers at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) show that overloading on already degenerated discs is less damaging than on discs which are still healthy - and that changes in cell density in discs are fundamental to the process of disc degeneration. Back pain is closely related to ageing of the discs in the spine, a process characterized by a series of changes in their structure and function, but until now the chain of events that converts normal disc ageing into degenerative disease has not been properly understood. Using a computational model of the lumbar spine that takes into account nutritional and mechanical effects, the scientists looked at the effect of external "loading" on two important cell solutes related to disc metabolism: oxygen and lactate.

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