Although exercise is routinely prescribed for people with low back pain, its role in treatment is still unclear. A recent study showed what appeared to be significant benefits of exercise in the areas of pain, disability, and physical fitness. But the authors weren't sure whether the favorable results could be attributed to the exercises alone.
If sticking with exercise were easy, more people with chronic low back pain would probably do it, and most would reap the positive benefits. Participants in a recent study kept doing their exercises long after finishing a four- to eight-week period of intensive physical therapy. They actually did exercises more frequently at three months than they did when first evaluated. And they exercised even more by the twelfth month.
Back surgery is usually optional. Most of the time, patients weigh the pros and cons and decide whether it will work for them. Down the road, research shows that a group of people who had back surgery fared no better--and no worse--than people who did not.
The number of people who suffer lower back pain (LBP) is staggering. In fact, it is one of the most common causes of disability and missed work days. These costs add up for individuals, employers, and society. Even with all the advanced technology now available, the medical world is still working hard to be able to understand LBP and the disability it causes. In more than 80% of LBP cases, doctors are unable to find any particular physical cause.
When heading out to the slopes to snowboard or ski, it's nice to know the risks that lie ahead. Both sports carry a high risk of injury. But according to this recent study, snowboarders have four times the risk of having a serious spine injury.