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Spinal Cord Injury Leads to Irreversible Loss of Tissue Following 40 Days

Spinal Cord Injury Leads to Irreversible Loss of Tissue Following 40 Days Injury to the spinal cord alters the functional state and structure of both the brain and spinal cord. For example, the patient's capacity to walk or move their hands can become impaired. How rapidly these degenerative alterations manifest, however, has remained a puzzle until now. The assumpt... Read More

Smoking's Link to Back Problems

Smoking's Link to Back Problems Smoking causes cancer, lung disease and heart attacks, and disrupts body chemistry in such dangerous ways that a host of other ailments can result. So it's not surprising that even back problems might be caused by nicotine and smoke ingestion. Indeed, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surge... Read More

Surgery Likely Better Than Exercise for Back Pain

Surgery Likely Better Than Exercise for Back Pain The results of a four-year study on severe back pain show that spine surgery produces more and faster pain relief and greater improvement in function than exercise, physical therapy and analgesic drugs. The study, known as the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT), was published in t... Read More

Ozone Injections Relieve Pain of Herniated Discs

Ozone Injections Relieve Pain of Herniated Discs A non-surgical, radiologically guided injection of oxygen and ozone into bulging or herniated discs results in just as much pain relief and restoration of function as back surgery but with fewer complications and shorter recovery time, two recent studies revealed.     The grou... Read More

Seatbelt Plus Airbag Use Reduces Spine Fractures

Seatbelt Plus Airbag Use Reduces Spine Fractures When seatbelts and airbags are used together, victims of motor-vehicle accidents suffer spine fractures at a 33 percent lower rate than those using neither device, a recent study has shown. And use of the two restraints in combination cuts the risk of suffering severe spine fracture by 59 p... Read More

Progress Made in the Quest to Overcome Paralysis

Progress Made in the Quest to Overcome Paralysis U.S. scientists have created a device that enables the brain cells of paralyzed monkeys to circumvent simulated spinal cord damage and use motor abilities well enough to partake in a computer game. Led by Chet Moritz and Eberhand Fetz, University of Washington researchers used computer-control... Read More

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain Back injuries, with their associated pain, are so widespread that they have become the costliest health care problem for those in the 30-50 age range. So says the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Back pain is probably the commonest reason people seek help for pain management othe... Read More

Human Stem Cells Return Motor Function to Paralyzed Rats

Human Stem Cells Return Motor Function to Paralyzed Rats Researchers from the University of California, San Diego report that experimental rats recovered from blood flow related paralysis after receiving grafts of human spinal stem cells. When damage occurs due to loss of blood flow to the spine's neural cells, applying human neural stem cells dire... Read More

Understanding Slipped Disc | Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Understanding Slipped Disc | Symptoms, Causes, Treatments What is a Slipped Disc? One of the most common injuries to the spine is slipped or a herniated disk. This condition may be extremely painful and may damage surrounding muscle and nerve systems. Read More

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