The Pro-Care Spine Center in Austin, Texas recently created the Back and Neck Pain Remedy DVD and made it available free to the general public. This DVD includes 16 stretches and exercises that can be done at work or at home to help alleviate back and neck pain. In addition to the stretches and exercises, this DVD includes suggestions for controlling inflammation and how to know when the time is right to seek professional help. "The patients we see typically fall into two categories: the patients that completely ignore the symptoms until they can't move and the patients that try to help the problem but end up hurting themselves worse, " said Dr. Neil Boecking, D.C., Clinic Director. "We think the DVD does a better job than most books and pamphlets because it shows each of the activities in-detail and is very easy to follow.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are two serious and debilitating diseases with no confirmed cause and limited treatment options. However, results of a new comprehensive literature study propose a simplified treatment process that could help alleviate symptoms for patients suffering from these diseases. Kent Holtorf, M.D., medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group Center for Endocrine, Neurological and Infection related illness Torrance, Calif., is advising a simplified treatment process that may help alleviate CFS and FM symptoms. From an extensive review of more than 50 published studies that assessed adrenal function in CFS and FM patients, Dr. Holtorf found that that the majority of CFS and FM patients displayed abnormal adrenal function due to hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction.
Patients with pain caused by narrowed arteries in their legs have 37% more pain-free walking if they take naftidrofuryl (200mg three times a day) than those taking placebos, a Cochrane Review has found. In addition, 55% of patients taking naftidrofuryl improved, while only 30% of people on placebo treatments improved. Naftidrofuryl is used to treat circulatory problems. Cochrane Researchers came to this conclusion after identifying seven studies in which a total of 1266 patient had been treated for at least three months. They analysed the data by retrieving and pooling the original patient data. The symptoms of intermittent claudication are pain, cramp or a sense of fatigue in leg muscles that increases on exercise such as walking, but goes away when the person rests. The condition affects less than 1% of people below the age of 49, but increases to over 5% of those aged 70 and older.
Sign language interpreting is one of the highest-risk professions for ergonomic injury, according to a new study conducted by Rochester Institute of Technology. The research indicates that interpreting causes more physical stress to the extremities than high-risk tasks conducted in industrial settings, including assembly line work. It also found a direct link between an increase in the mental and cognitive stress of the interpreter and an increase in the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. The research, conducted through RIT's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is one of the first to catalog the effect of signing on interpreters and show a correlation between mental and cognitive stress and increased ergonomic risk. The results of the study are available in the March 2008 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Ergonomics and were also presented at the 2007 biennial conference of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Patients with restless leg syndrome (RLS) - the irresistible urge to move one's body to limit uncomfortable or odd sensations - may get some relief during day and night by using skin patches that contain the drug rotigotine. The findings come from a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study published in the July edition of The Lancet Neurology. Researchers studying RLS have analyzed the genetic basis of the disease and determined that it should be treated as a general neurological disorder. Currently, many patients with this condition are prescribed dopaminergic drugs that stimulate the body's dopamine system - a first line of treatment. Rotigotine is a type of dopaminergic drug, and it has been used to treat Parkinson's disease. To investigate the effects of transdermal rotigotine patches as treatment of RLS, Dr Claudia Trenkwalder (Centre of Parkinsonism and Movement Disorders, Paracelsus-Elena Hospital, Kassel, Germany) and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial.