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Further confirmation of the value of an integrative approach to pain care was provided by conclusions reached in a recent study of healthcare expenditures for patients with back pain conducted by researchers from the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson. The team found that patients with...

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Results from the largest animal model trial yet undertaken suggest the feasibility of using engineered living tissue to create replacement spinal discs to treat neck and back pain from disc deterioration. The study on goats was performed by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine in concert...

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Conclusions from a new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, point to the efficacy of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy for patients with treatment resistant back pain. DRG differs from spinal cord stimulation in that it targets only nerves involved in generating...

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Failed back surgery syndrome is a problem that affects about 20 to 40 percent of patients who have had back surgery. There are many reasons for this and a lot of it has to do with the peri-operative and pre-operative work up of those patients. For example, studies show that 60% of the time they did...

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Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine. St. Louis have discovered a link between severe scoliosis and a gene variant that interferes with the body’s ability to absorb and use manganese, an essential element for bone and cartilage development. Senior author Christina Gurnett, MD,...

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health write that opportunities to advance the use of non-medication alternative therapies for lower back pain are being stymied by unhelpful public and private insurance treatment. In their investigation, the Bloomberg School researchers...

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Researchers from the University of Sydney report encouraging results from the introduction of video games as therapy for chronic lower back pain. The authors write that their findings provide additional support for the use of video games as a treatment modality for back pain, which have previously...

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Conclusions from a double-blind randomized clinical trial suggest that low-dose amitriptyline may be beneficial in the treatment of chronic low back pain. The study found that, although it did not significantly improve patients’ pain levels, use of the antidepressant did reduce disability, and...

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Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with an international team have identified 3 novel genetic variants that are associated with increased risk for chronic back pain. The discovery may help to inform a better understanding of the biology of back pain, as well as...

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Researchers from Northwestern University report that they have identified psychological and physiological characteristics that are associated with greater responsiveness to placebo effect in the modulation of pain. Study author A. Vania Apkarian, PhD, professor of physiology at Northwestern’s...

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