By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Yellow Mustard Ease Cramps from Statins?

    Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol levels.Here are just a few examples of the numbers of prescription filled each year: atorvastatin= 97 million; simvastatin= 65 million; prava…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2018 4 Comments
    Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Te…

    One lesson learned from the terrible opioid crisis of the past few years: a lot of Americans are in a lot of pain. With doctors increasingly reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief, people ar…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 140 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 17 Comments
    What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

    Inflammation is behind a lot of chronic disease, including arthritis. That is why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are so popular among people with joint pain.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2018 19 Comments
    Will Chiropractic Care Help You Recover from Bac…

    Back pain is common, but doctors disagree about the best treatment. Often, physicians recommend that sufferers take pain relievers and let nature take its course to recovery. Patients sometimes consid…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 8 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2018 19 Comments
    What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Si…

    Do you read the labels on OTC pain relievers? Be honest now. The last time you purchased Advil, Motrin IB or some house brand ibuprofen pills, did you check out the dosage instructions or the warnings…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 213 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    From what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes tha…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Yoga Help Back Pain?

    Lower back pain is common and debilitating. It is frequently treated with medications, but the American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines emphasizing nondrug approaches for acute lower b…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 6 Comments
    Will a Statin Make Your Back Sore?

    People who take statins to lower their cholesterol may be more vulnerable to back disorders. Cardiologists do not all agree on whether statin drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) or simvastatin (Zoco…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 11 Comments
    Can a Chiropractor Help Your Acute Lower Back Pa…

    A meta-analysis of 26 clinical trials published in JAMA found that chiropractic manipulation can ease acute lower back pain. This comes at a time that doctors are striving to reduce the numbers of pai…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 33 Comments
    What Is the Best Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

    The American College of Physicians has just made some important changes in its guidelines for treating lower back pain.  This condition is one of the most common reasons Americans seek medical care. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Yoga Ease Your Low Back Pain?

    Low back pain is a common problem, affecting about four-fifths of us at some point during our lives. Sometimes the pain puts people out of action for weeks. It may also become chronic and difficult to…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 23 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Ease Back Pain with Natural Products

    Back pain due to muscle soreness and stiffness is one of the common reasons people consult a physician. Although it is smart to rule out any unusual causes of the pain such as spinal stenosis, kidney …

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 4 Comments
    Will a Mind-Body Approach Ease Your Back Pain?

    Long-lasting lower back pain responds surprisingly well to either mindfulness-based stress reduction or cognitive behavioral therapy. Such a mind-body approach is not usually considered a mainstre…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2015 130 Comments
    Gabapentin for Pain Drove Patient to Brink of Su…

    How could a medicine that is supposed to relieve pain make someone suicidal? Turns out it happens far more often than most health professionals realize. If physicians and pharmacists do not warn patie…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 5 Comments
    Physical Therapy Eases Low Back Pain as Well as …

    Lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition in which narrowing of the spinal column crowds the spinal cord causing serious pain, is frequently treated with spinal surgery. Spinal stenosis is not unusual as pe…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2013 2 Comments
    Women Whose Feet Roll In as They Walk Are More P…

    Flat feet used to keep men out of military service. New research suggests that women who roll their feet inward as they walk are 50 percent more likely to suffer lower back pain. There were 1,930 peop…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2013 6 Comments
    Lower Back Pain Responds Just as Well to Saline …

    People with lower back pain often receive steroid injections to ease inflammation and suffering. The number of steroid shots you can get is limited, however, because cortisone-type drugs can slow woun…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2013 2 Comments
    Osteopathic Treatment Eases Back Pain

    Another controversial treatment has also been shown to offer benefit. Osteopathic manipulation is considered a complementary approach to lower back pain. A study of more than 400 people with chronic l…

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2012 14 Comments
    Arthritis Drug No Help for Back Pain

    People with chronic back pain are willing to do just about anything for relief. Before they sign up for surgery some undergo spinal injections of corticosteroids. Sciatica, pain in the back and leg ca…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2010 3 Comments
    Glucosamine No Help for Low Back Pain

    A popular arthritis supplement has failed again. Several previous studies of glucosamine have found it lacking when it comes to relieving mild to moderate arthritis pain. In the current study, Norwegi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2010 3 Comments
    Heat or Ice for Sore Back

    Back pain is common and there is no agreement about the best way to treat this common condition. A new study in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine attempted to determine whether heat or cold is m…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2010 6 Comments
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Against Chronic Bac…

    Back pain is extremely common but very few treatments have been proven effective. A new study published in The Lancet indicates that cognitive behavioral therapy can help alleviate chronic low back pa…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2009 5 Comments
    Yoga Eases Back Pain

    Yoga may be the best prescription for lower back pain. Researchers at West Virginia University assigned 90 people with chronic lower back pain to one of two groups. Half the people took six months Iye…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2009 11 Comments
    Spinal Manipulation Makes No Difference in Back …

    Lower back pain is common and can be quite debilitating. That's why people frequently turn to a chiropractor for help. A new study from the University of Bern in Switzerland suggests that may not be w…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2009 1 Comments
    Acupuncture Eases Chronic Back Pain

    An ingenious study shows that acupuncture can help ease back pain. Surprisingly, even the control group getting sham acupuncture administered with a toothpick got relief from their pain and reported i…