Could Cutting Nicotine Spell Back Pain Relief? New York Study Says Yes

The campaign against smoking has a new ally in the orthopedic community, thanks to a New York study linking nicotine use to back pain. The study, led by University of Rochester Medical Center surgeon Glenn R. Rechtine, M.D., looked at more than 5,300 patients suffering from spinal disorders over a period of eight months.The result: Cigarette smokers reported far more pain than those who quit during that time period. The New York study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery this (read more...)

Ultrasound Therapy for Back Pain – Is It Right For You?

Most people affiliate ultrasound therapy with pregnancy - and indeed ultrasound is a mainstay of prenatal care. But many patients are beginning to explore the role ultrasound therapy for back pain can play in providing non-invasive back pain relief. The same high-frequency sound waves used to examine a fetus in utero can work to stimulate blood vessels and improve circulation. It may seem like a quirky method to those so used to hearing surgery offered as the only solution to back pain. But for (read more...)