For some time now, physical therapists have been trying to find better ways to treat patients with low back pain. By better we mean more effective treatment with successful results. And successful refers to getting relief from pain that doesn't come back.
When conducting any medical study, before and after results are used to measure the success of the treatment. Many times patients are asked to fill out surveys that measure their responses to treatment as the primary outcome or measure of results. A surprising thing has been noticed about back pain patients from before to after surgery. They have less pain and better function, but they rate their progress as worse than before treatment.
It's time. Time to take a closer look at materials used as a substitute for bone graft in lumbar fusions. How well do they work? Do they all give equally good results? How do they stack up against the patient's own bone donated for the procedure? This systematic review examines each one of these questions searching for some answers.
If you've ever had neck or back pain, you know that your immediate concern is often how long is this going to last? Or maybe even will I ever get better? Researchers are busy trying to figure out the many pieces to the puzzle presented by spine pain.
Improvements in technology continue to change the way medicine is practiced. In this study from Japan, physicians used ultrasound instead of X-rays to guide a needle in performing a nerve block. The procedure was effective for 75 of the 78 patients in the study. And the method proved to be safe as no one felt pain during the procedure or had any negative effects from the treatment.