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A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Low Back Pain

A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Low Back Pain

Sources: Med-X Online

Summary: By Brian W. Nelson, MD, Sourced from Med-X Online: At the initial visit of a patient with low back pain, the physician must set a positive tone, emphasizing that the problem is common in the human body and can be…

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Running Shoes May Cause Damage to Knees, Hips and Ankles

Running Shoes May Cause Damage to Knees, Hips and Ankles

Sources: PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, Volume 1, Issue 12 (December 2009)

Summary: New York, NY, January 4, 2010 – Knee osteoarthritis (OA) accounts for more disability in the elderly than any other disease. Running, although it has proven cardiovascular and other health benefits, can increase stresses on the joints of the leg.…

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Five Exercises Can Reduce Neck, Shoulder Pain of Women Office Workers

Five Exercises Can Reduce Neck, Shoulder Pain of Women Office Workers

Sources: Journal of Applied Physiology, 2009; 107 (5): 1413 DOI

Summary: ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2009) — Strength training exercises using dumbbells can reduce pain and improve function in the trapezius muscle, the large muscle which extends from the back of the head, down the neck and into the upper back. The…

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Long-Term Physical Activity Has an Anti-Aging Effect at the Cellular Level

Long-Term Physical Activity Has an Anti-Aging Effect at the Cellular Level

Sources: Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association

Summary: ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2009) — Intensive exercise prevented shortening of telomeres, a protective effect against aging of the cardiovascular system, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers measured the length of telomeres — the…

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Exercise Therapy Best for Knee Pain, Study Finds

Exercise Therapy Best for Knee Pain, Study Finds

Sources: BMJ-British Medical Journal

Summary: ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2009) — For patients with severe knee pain, supervised exercise therapy is more effective at reducing pain and improving function than usual care, finds a study published on bmj.com. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition in which…

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Chronic Pain Found to Increase Risk of Falls in Older Adults

Chronic Pain Found to Increase Risk of Falls in Older Adults

Sources: JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2009; 302 (20): 2214 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.1738

Summary: ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2009) — Chronic pain is experienced by as many as two out of three older adults. Now, a new study finds that pain may be more hazardous than previously thought, contributing to an increased risk of falls…

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The Effect of Workplace Based Strengthening on Low Back Injury Rates

The Effect of Workplace Based Strengthening on Low Back Injury Rates

Sources: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

Summary: This study published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation illustrates the effectiveness of utilizing a strengthening program to improve coal miners’ lower back functioning. The team not only saw a dramatic difference within back-attributed injury rates, but also reported a…

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