back pain

Patients with chronic sciatica – back pain that shoots down the leg – have evidence of inflammation in key areas of the nervous system, a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found, for the first time in humans. The researchers found that average levels of a marker of neuroinflammation were elevated in both… Read more

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have little benefit when it comes to treating back pain, according to a study looking at more than 6,000 people with back pain, comparing NSAIDs with a placebo. Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were found to reduce pain and make moving and doing daily activities easier, the difference compared to… Read more

What Is Paracetamol?

Paracetamol has been around for over 50 years. It’s safe and many guidelines recommend it as the go-to treatment. At least, that’s the conventional view of the drug. It’s a view so ingrained that it’s rarely questioned. The trouble is that the conventional view is probably wrong. Huge amounts of paracetamol are used to treat… Read more

Lower back pain is common and many of those who have suffered it can identify, or at least guess, the event that led to their back injury. Perhaps it was weekend sport or a garden project. Often a trip to the GP or physiotherapist will confirm suspicions and a suitable treatment regime follows. For others… Read more

Meditation long has been practiced as a way to calm the mind, and possibly achieve enlightenment. Now, new research shows that quieting the mind may be a non-drug alternative to help decrease chronic low back pain. A team of researchers at Group Health Research Institute explored alternatives to pain medication in treating low back pain… Read more