PainCare Blog

Back: Deterioration is natural, but it can be slowed

Mar. 01, 2009By Sam McManis The Sacramento Bee The problem, arguably, began when we started walking upright. Our spines just aren’t constructed to take such vertical force. Something’s got to give and, most often, it’s a disc, a muscle, a nerve. Back pain, elusive to diagnosis and tricky to treat, affects 80 percent of the U.S. population at some point …

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Talk Therapy for Kids’ Pain: Better than Pills?

Tuesday, Mar. 03, 2009By John CloudTIME Some children, like some adults, have chronic, unexplainable pain. They have backaches every day or their legs and feet hurt every day or their necks throb constantly — and no one is sure why. Doctors call this pain idiopathic, a medical term for “we have no clue.” Idiopathic pain arises spontaneously and without a …

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J. D. Drew Encouraged After Injection to Relieve Back Discomfort

J.D. Drew plays professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox. This is a good example of the procedure, facet injections, from a patient’s perspective. Thursday, March 5, 2009By JOE McDONALDJournal Sports WriterThe Providence Journal FORT MYERS, Fla. — The four injections Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew received on Monday in Boston contained a combination of cortisone and litacane. Dr. Bill …

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The National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009

How Organizations & Support Groups Can Expand Congressional Sponsorshipby American Pain FoundationMarch 5, 2009 “This bill will make pain care and pain management a public health priority.” The American Pain Foundation applauds the United States House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee for adopting The National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 (H.R.756)* on March 4, 2009. The legislation will …

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M.R.I.’s May Burn Patients Who Wear Drug Patches

March 6, 2009By GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times WASHINGTON — Federal health officials warned Thursday that patients who wear nicotine or other drug patches during M.R.I. scans risk burns, because some patches contain tiny metal elements that can be heated by the device’s huge magnet. “Some, but not all, of these patches contain a little bit of aluminum, just enough …

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Physical Therapy is Effective for Management of Low-Back Pain

A new review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons should help convince many patients with low back pain to consider physical therapy as a first line of treatment for their condition, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The review, published in February 2009, recommends that in most cases of symptomatic lumbar degenerative …

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Exercise After Knee Replacement is Critical to Recovery

orthosupersite.comFebruary 2009 Quadriceps exercises are critical to recovery in patients who received a knee replacement as a treatment for osteoarthritis, according to a University of Delaware study published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research. In a randomized controlled trial at the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy Clinic conducted between 2000 and 2005, 200 patients who had undergone …

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Brainstorming Brings About New Fibromyalgia Drug

Company looked for existing medicationBy Terri SomersUnion-Tribune Staff Writer January 18, 2009 The Food and Drug Administration’s approval last week of a new fibromyalgia drug, Savella, brought needed relief to the Massee family in San Diego’s Sabre Springs neighborhood. Penny Massee, 59, the matriarch, chief cook, bottle washer and grandson spoiler, said she experienced “miraculous” results from the medication since …

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How to take strain off back pain

By Julie DeardorffTribune reporterchicagotribune.comJanuary 14, 2009 Chronic, debilitating back pain often drives adults to explore unconventional treatment options. In 2007, it was the most common reason adults tried alternative methods (17.1 percent), followed by joint pain or stiffness and/or other joint condition (5.2 percent), arthritis (3.5 percent) and other musculoskeletal conditions (1.8 percent), according to the National Center for Complementary …

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The Older Person’s Guide To Joint Replacement

Jan. 13, 2009American Geriatric SocietyStar-Telegram.com Knee and hip replacement can ease pain and improve movement and function in joints damaged by disease or injury. The surgery – in which damaged or diseased parts of the joint are replaced with metal or plastic substitutes – has a very high success rate. That said, there are some risks. A small percentage of …

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