Revisiting An Old Topic: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Two orthopedic surgeons wrote an article on spinal stenosis that was published in 2004. In this article, these same two physicians revisit that topic and update information on causes of spinal stenosis, anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment. Goals of treatment and the ideal patient for each type of treatment are presented.

Aquatic Exercise Benefits Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

What's one exercise that can reduce pain, improve balance and coordination, while supporting your body weight and giving you a warm, fuzzy feeling all over? How does aquatic therapy in a pool of 90-degree water sound?

Finding the Optimal Treatment for Workers with Low Back Pain

For the past 10 years, research in the area of low back pain has taken a different direction. Instead of studying large groups of heterogenous (all different) people, the approach now is to find subgroups of low back pain patients who are most likely to respond to treatment. Sometimes the focus is on treatment in general. In other studies, the response of a subgroup to a specific treatment idea is investigated.

Treatment for Low Back Pain: Does Lack of Evidence Mean It Doesn't Work?

Some new and important discoveries are being made about low back pain. For example, it used to be said over and over that eight out of 10 people would suffer a bout of back pain at least once in their lifetime. That's still true. But the next part of the story may not be so true.

Evidence-Based Approach to Back Pain

People in pain don't want a trial-and-error approach to treatment. They need an evidence-based treatment plan that is going to work right from the start. One way to achieve this is by identifying subtypes of pain -- in other words, what's nerve-related (neuropathic) and what's not? No sense treating pain with an approach that doesn't even get at the underlying pain mechanisms. We know that can be a waste of time and money.

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