Posts Tagged ‘ disc herniation ’

NY Times article on “useless” surgery

August 4, 2016
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The New York Times posted a really interesting article this week (click here if you want to read it), about the effectiveness (or otherwise), of common surgical procedures. We kind of assume that a doctor won’t recommend surgery for us unless we really need it, and unless it’s going to fix us. After all, there are…

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My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016

April 5, 2016
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My number 1 health tip for 2015 was to MOVE MORE, and no doubt you would’ve seen one of the countless articles talking about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. Some articles called prolonged sitting worse for your health than smoking or obesity, and 60 Minutes did a great story which I posted outlining the…

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How many of us have Disc Herniations?

July 27, 2015
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How many of us have Disc Herniations?

As an Osteopath I see a lot of people with disc injuries. People are understandably concerned about doing damage to their discs, as they play an important role in the structural integrity of the spine, and live very close to nerves and the spinal cord, so they can cause a lot of pain and other…

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Poor evidence for injections for back pain

July 26, 2013
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Kevin MD recently posted an article where he reviewed the effectiveness of various injections commonly used for low back pain. These consist of  local anesthetics, steroids like cortisone, and pain meds. The article included a summary of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as notes from a couple of other reviews previously done…

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Antibiotics for Chronic Back Pain

May 15, 2013
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New research is suggesting that bacterial infections might be the source of disc related pain. It’s an interesting mechanism – the bacteria, which exist in the mouth and hair, can be moved into the bloodstream by brushing of the teeth. They can be deposited into the disc as part of the body’s response to injury…

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School Backpacks

March 2, 2010
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We’ve all wondered what, if any effect they have on kids backs. Now a new study has shown the level of compression kids experience when carrying a heavy backpack. Let’s start by pointing out that this study was only done on 8 children, so we should be careful about generalising these results to everyone. But…

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Can we predict if you will get low back pain?

July 20, 2009
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What they were attempting to do with this study was take a bunch of people who were not suffering low back pain (defined as none in the last 4 months), analyse them, take a series of measures and scans, and then follow them for a few years to see who developed low back pain. They…

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Recurrence rate after disc operation

March 4, 2009
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In this study the authors tried to determine how many people who have an operation for a disc problem in their lower back have a recurrence. That is, does the operation really work long term, beyond just relieving the symptoms? The authors interviewed and scanned 241 men aged 20-39 in the years after their operation.…

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