Back PainInfo Center
Doubt About Steroids for Spinal Stenosis
When patients with spinal stenosis don't want surgery, steroid shots are a common treatment. A recent study tested whether steroid shots were actually helpful over the long-term.
Summer Sun, Fun and Surgery Complications?
Teaching hospitals across the United States take on new residents and fellows during the month of July. Some believe that this changeover leads to poor quality of medical care while staff is adjusting to their new jobs, calling it the “July effect.”
Extra Weight and Slipped Discs
Carrying excess weight can aggravate your lower back and cause other musculoskeletal problems. But when it comes to slipped discs in the spine, not much is known about the effect of that excess weight.
Apple a Day Doesn't Always Keep Doctor Away
Cancer is a major health issue. So is heart disease. Although they are serious problems, these issues aren't the main reasons leading patients to the doctor's office.
Back Pain? Quit Smoking Now
Nicotine doesn’t help pain—it actually makes it worse. Patients with spinal disorders, who quit smoking during treatment, reported less back pain after quitting.
Why Is There Debate of This Low-Cost Therapy?
A visit to the chiropractor for an adjustment can bring a sense of relief to some patients. Other back pain sufferers believe such practices deliver no value. This has left many wondering - is it effective or not?
Pain Relief Ups Fracture Risk
As baby boomers continue to age, they experience more aches and pains than in their more youthful days. With this comes a desire to treat and prevent pain, sometimes at the cost of other health concerns.
Back Pain: Arthritis Within Arthritis
Inflammation is the reason patients with rheumatoid arthritis develop swollen and painful joints. But inflammation is not unique to rheumatoid arthritis; it is also behind other painful joint conditions.
PTSD for Back Surgery Common
Post-surgery recovery can seem like a daunting ordeal before considering the possibility of a related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For many patients, PTSD is a reality, and addressing any psychiatric conditions like depression or anxiety may help reduce the chance of occurrence.
CDC Urges Vigilance About Meningitis
The number of fungal meningitis cases linked to three lots of spinal injections from the New England Compounding Company ( NECC ) has reached 354 with 25 deaths and an additional seven people experiencing peripheral joint infections.