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Signs You Might Have a Pinched Nerve

The most common cause of a pinched nerve in the neck is an aging disk in the spine or a herniated (bulging) disk. Here are the signs you might have a pinched nerve and what to do about it.

Spinal Surgery: Last Resort for Low Back Pain

Clinical practice guidelines recommend that several evidence-based treatments be tried to relieve low back pain before patients consult with a doctor about spinal surgery. Yet a results from a recent survey published in ...

Attitude Plays a Role in Back Pain Recovery

A patient's belief that he or she will recover from back-related leg pain and sciatica is an important predictor of successful recovery, according to a recent study in The Spine Journal.

Acupuncture May Boost Effects of Standard Pain Care

Acupuncture combined with standard medical care is more effective than standard medical care alone for treating chronic pain, including back and neck pain, according to a meta-analysis published last year by British researchers.

Chronic Back Pain: Why Doctors Are Stepping Back from Opioids to Treat It

A recent study adds to the growing body of evidence that long-term use of opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain, including back pain, should be the exception rather than the rule.

FDA Warns Against Using Kratom for Pain, Opioid-Withdrawal Relief

If you suffer from back pain and have been taking opioids for pain relief, you may be thinking of trying kratom. This product has been reported to help relieve pain and ease opioid withdrawal symptoms. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that using kratom can be a risky proposition.

Yoga May Harm as Well as Heal

Yoga has been shown to improve neck, back, and knee pain, but about 10 percent of participants in a recent study reported that yoga caused pain, and 20 percent who already had pain said that the practice exacerbated it.

Don’t Let Sciatica Keep You Off the Road

For people who have sciatica-searing or stabbing pain radiating from the back or buttocks into the leg-driving a car can be especially uncomfortable and painful. If driving makes your sciatica act up, these tips might help make your drive more bearable.

Back Pain: Can OTC Devices Deliver Relief?

Can a daily dose of electricity ease back pain? That's the promise of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices that are now sold on store shelves and heavily marketed in television and magazine ads.

Back Pain: Can a Chiropractor Help?

Back pain is one of the most common-and debilitating-ailments people face. And finding the right pain relief is no easy feat. Many people choose to see a chiropractor about their back pain.