Spinal Decompression Articles & Stories

Healthwrap Statins

Healthwrap Statins

New research suggests that use of the cholesterol lowering medicines called statins--drugs like zocor and mevacor--are associated with a sharply reduced risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Read More


Preventing Back Pain during Gardening and Sports Activities

Preventing Back Pain during Gardening and Sports Activities

With warmer weather here to stay, millions of people will be actively playing sports or spending time in the garden. However, some might miss out on these activities due to back pain, which can develop if they overexert themselves and get involved too quickly. However, there are ways to minimi... Read More


For Workers' Compensation Patients, Spinal Fusion Surgery Has Worse Outcomes

For Workers' Compensation Patients, Spinal Fusion Surgery Has Worse Outcomes

For patients receiving workers' compensation and suffering with low back pain, spinal fusion surgery leads to poor long-term outcomes. Compared to non-surgical treatment, spinal fusion surgery results in a lower rate of returning to work. The study is published in the journal Spine. Read More


Expensive MRIs and CAT Scans May Often Be Unnecessary

Expensive MRIs and CAT Scans May Often Be Unnecessary

Costly CAT scans and MRIs, may be completely unnecessary and a waste of time, according to guidelines from the American College of Physicians. CAT scans can cost patients and insurers up to $1,500 and an MRI can be upwards of $3,000. Meanwhile, these tests are proving to be of no benefit and a... Read More


Stem Cells Can Aid Spinal Disc Repair

Stem Cells Can Aid Spinal Disc Repair

A study using a handful of large animals strongly suggests that stem cells transferred from the body's own fat can facilitate the repair of damaged spinal discs. Stem cell treatments appeared to increase disc tissue density, concentration of disc matrix proteins between the disc cells, and dis... Read More


Studies Confirm: Chiropractic Care Works for Back Pain

Studies Confirm: Chiropractic Care Works for Back Pain

For low back pain suffers, new research offers an old solution: chiropractic manipulation is more effective as a treatment for back pain than common treatments like painkillers. What the researchers found that chiropractic manipulation, "appears to be no better or worse than other existing the... 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


Low Back Pain Recovery Slow and Uncertain

Low Back Pain Recovery Slow and Uncertain

Current clinical practice guidelines state that 90% of acute lower back pain patients will recover within four to six weeks, with or without treatment. However, new research published in The British Medical Journal has found that recovery from low back pain is much slower than previously thou... Read More


Only Exercise Found to Prevent Low-Back Problems

Only Exercise Found to Prevent Low-Back Problems

Exercise in workplace and community environments is excellent in halting low-back problems, while a variety of other popular interventions have little if any beneficial effect, according to a recent review of a number of high-scientific-quality clinical trials. Read More


Doctors Cautiously Endorse Cerebrospinal-Fluid Pain Therapy

Doctors Cautiously Endorse Cerebrospinal-Fluid Pain Therapy

Injecting painkillers into the thin layer of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord can be effective in relieving pain and restoring function, but there are many risks associated with the procedure, which should be used only as a last resort, specialists said. The physicians, who spok... Read More


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