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A new clinical decision rule for determining patients with higher risk of developing chronic low-back pain has been developed by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, University of Georgia and Kaiser Permanente.Researchers said the new clinical decision rule may help primary care providers predict which patients with acute low-back pain will progress to chronic low-back pain, information from the U.S. revealed, according to an article posted on the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is responsible for amplified pain that shoots through the body in those who suffer from it.
A new paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has urged orthopedic surgeons to help combat the increasing "opioid epidemic" that is transpiring in the U.S.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has urged health-care practitioners and patients to consider the potential benefits of conservative approaches to treatment of back pain in light of recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain.
The number of injured Canadian soldiers using marijuana for medical purposes, such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, has soared over the past year.
A Saskatchewan woman says her son is in excruciating pain as he waits for necessary back surgery that continues to be delayed.Sheila Somers, 57, says her son is bedridden and unable to find relief from the pain caused by a herniated disc.
That phone app keeping track of people's exercise and meals might keep them out of the hospital one day.Why give doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioural changes or medication before landing in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how patients are healing from surgery or whether they're following a treatment regimen.
A new report says Canadian seniors have longer waits to see a health provider when they need medical attention compared with older people in 10 other high-income countries.
Recently I had occasion to spend time in a busy community hospital in order to deal with my apparent adverse drug reaction. Happily, full recovery ensued, but the time spent in the emergency department (ED) and ward left a strong impression on me.When my wife and I arrived in the early morning, the ED was notably calm. Upon mentioning this observation to our nurse, she ironically demurred, presumably unwilling to tempt fate and bring on ensuing chaos.
An independent panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor people living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes and safety.
Concussion in sporting environments is common, but this injury can also occur in occupational settings, motor vehicle collisions, falls and so on. Practising chiropractors should have a working knowledge of contemporary evaluation and management issues surrounding concussion, as this form of mild traumatic brain injury can result in long-term disability or even death. On-field and clinical assessment, as well as treatment and management of concussion are becoming more evidence-based as new literature emerges to address best practices and support clinical decision-making. Because athletes are often eager to return to play and potential serious injury may result if they return too early, it is important that concussion be managed using current practice guidelines to ensure best practices are followed.
The idea of a feature focusing on concussion came to me after watching the PBS documentary League of Denial, released in October 2013, highlighting the debilitating and sometimes deadly consequences of concussions to NFL athletes and how the sport organization has managed for a long time to downplay – even deny – this epidemic in the sporting world.
New research has found current national vitamin D intake recommendations are too low and that body weight must be taken into account to determine the appropriate vitamin D dose in any given individual, a statement from Pure North S'Energy Foundation said.
Twice a week, Alphons Evers sets aside a few hours to work the phone, matching up his roster of volunteer drivers with clients who need a lift. Although the free service is geared towards those receiving cancer treatment, often times Evers says he'll get calls from seniors who simply need help getting around.
Oct. 8, 2014 – Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful and tiring condition and, not long ago, being diagnosed with it usually meant having to leave the workforce. But improvements in treatment mean more people can now remain at work in spite of their rheumatoid arthritis.

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