Back pain could be a bacterial infection

Doctor gives woman with back pain ‘ghetto booty’ diagnosis

There’s an astounding discovery in the works about lower back pain and how to cure it. It could be as revolutionary as the realization that H. pylori bacteria are responsible for most ulcers. Turns out between 40 percent and 80 percent of long-term back pain in people with a herniated or slipped disc is associated with a bacterial infection. The main culprit is the same one that causes acne — Propionibacterium acnes — and it can trigger bone swelling and tissue damage in the spine. Whether it migrates there, following the path of inflammation and tissue damage, or it’s the original troublemaker that causes those problems isn’t clear. But when people with slipped discs were given 100 days of amoxicillin with clavulanic acid (a beta-lactamase inhibitor that increases the effectiveness of the antibiotic), 80 percent saw significant relief of pain and disability up to a year later. This is big news, because 80 percent of people have back pain bayview wellness center and spa at some time in their lives; up to 20 percent never find relief, and another 10 percent have back surgery. So if you have persistent lower-back troubles, ask for a blood test to check for bacterial infection and discuss the possibility of antibiotic treatment before surgery or in conjunction with physical therapy. Some docs are saying this is a discovery worthy of a Nobel prize (the big reward may be to the millions of folks who will feel better if this discovery becomes an accepted treatment option), but confirmation is still a few randomized, clinical trials away. Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D.
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Pilates, Cycling Achieve Similar Benefits for Low Back Pain

Pilates, Cycling Achieve Similar Benefits for Low Back Pain

I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty. I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase because I couldnt believe he said that, said Ragland. Ragland said she complained to the office manager, who apologized. Then, a few weeks later she received a letter from Dr. Timothy Sweo himself. In the letter, Dr. Sweo said, I was trying to take technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical. The letter offended Ragland, though, because she felt he didnt believe she had enough intellect to understand his more technical explanation of her lower back pain. Dr. Sweo said Ragland has lumbar lordosis , which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more. He said there is no cure for lumbar lordosis, but told her he could give her something for the pain. Its not endearing. Its not loving. Its not a compliment. Its wrong in every aspect and its very demeaning, Ragland said.
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This is one of the most common causes for visiting a doctor at some point. Back pain takes different forms. It could be a persistent dull pain to a sharp and sudden pain in the back. It results from a sprain or fracture or sometimes, an accidental injury. The good news is with proper rest, back aches usually get better within one or two days or a few weeks and rarely require surgery. Here are some tips on how to prevent back aches. Pay attention to posture: The best chair for preventing back pain is one with a straight back or low back support. Keep your knees a bit higher than your hips while seated. If you must stand for a prolonged period, keep your head up and stomach pulled in. Sleeping position : If you’re prone to back aches, consult your doctor on the best sleeping position. Sleeping on your side with your knees pulled up slightly to your chest level is sometimes suggested.
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Ways to avoid back pain

Ways to avoid back pain

Paul W.M. Marshall, PhD, from the University of Western Sydney, and colleagues randomly assigned 64 patients with low back pain to eight weeks of either specific trunk exercises (SEG) or stationary cycling (CEG). Before, immediately after (eight weeks), and six months after the training program, self-rated pain, disability, catastrophizing, and fear-avoidance beliefs (FAB) scores were measured. The researchers found that, in the SEG, disability was significantly lower at eight weeks, compared with the CEG. After training, pain was significantly reduced compared to baseline in both the groups, but was lower for the SEG. In the SEG, FAB scores were reduced at eight weeks, and in the CEG, FAB scores were reduced at six months. There were no between-group differences in FAB scores, and similar reductions in catastrophizing were seen in each group at each time point. There were no long-term differences between groups at six months. “If a patient with low back pain adheres to either specific trunk exercises or stationary cycling, it is reasonable to think that similar improvements will be achieved,” the authors write.
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