Category Archives: Back Pain

For Back Pain, Acetaminophen Is No Better than Placebo

Low-back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Guidelines for acute low-back pain universally recommend ‘paracetamol’ or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the first-line medical pain reliever.  Although universally recommended, recently, the highest quality evidence (systematic review) noted no evidence to support the use of paracetamol for low-back pain.  To further explore this issue, a study just published in The Lancet investigated… Read More »

Sleep Problems and Risk of Chronic Pain

A new study using data from 26 896 women and men investigated the relationship between sleep problems and risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders, and whether physical exercise and body mass index (BMI) alter this association.  Results showed that persons with sleep problems ‘sometimes’ and who exercised ≥1 hour per week had lower risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders than inactive persons with a similar… Read More »

Optimum Nutrition for Kidney Stones

Changing your diet can reduce the risk of stone recurrence. Although an individualized dietary prescription needs to be tailored according to stone type or urinary risk factors, almost all stone-formers should benefit from increased fluid intake and a diet containing 800 to 1200 mg of calcium; reduced amounts of sodium and animal protein; and higher intake of fruits, vegetables,… Read More »

Chiropractic and routine obstetric care

Musculoskeletal pain in pregnant women is common and is frequently viewed as short-lived and temporary.  Most women report either low back pain (LBP) or pelvic pain (PP) during pregnancy and up to 40% of patients report pain during the 18 months after delivery.  A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that including chiropractic interventions with… Read More »

Recovered from back pain?

Trunk neuromuscular alterations have been found in those with chronic low back pain, but are responses altered in those deemed recovered following an injury? Coordinated trunk muscle responses are deemed important for normal spinal function, but there are no studies of temporal patterns early after a low back injury. Recent research found that despite the perception of readiness to… Read More »

Antioxidants in the treatment of chronic low back pain

Alpha (α-) lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant.  Current studies support its use in the ancillary treatment of many diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases, cancer and AIDS.   A July, 2013 article in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine found that oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid (600 mg/day) and superoxide dismutase (140… Read More »

Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy with chiropractic and massage

An article in the August 2013 issue of the Canadian Family Physician (Official Journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada) discusses the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic and massage therapy for pain relief during pregnancy.  As pregnant women move into their second and third trimesters, their centers of mass shift forward, causing a change in spinal… Read More »