An MRI screening of the sacroiliac joints showed that a large proportion of healthy, active individuals who lack any back-pain symptoms nonetheless have bone marrow edema lesions, according to data published in Rheumatology. However, such lesions did not grow significantly after 6 weeks of intensive physical training.
Researchers from the University of Bern, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology develop a high-precision, sensor-based surgical robot for spinal operations together with industry partners.
Adults with chronic low back pain in the United States were more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and were also more likely to have a current prescription for pain-relieving opioid analgesics than adults without chronic low back pain, according to investigators.
For patients with degenerative spinal disease, surgery is more effective in reducing pain that interferes with sexual activity, compared to nonsurgical treatment.
Microdiscectomy is performed for patients with a painful lumbar herniated disc often known as sciatica. Microdiscectomy is a very common surgery performed by spine surgeons. The operation consists of removing a portion of the intervertebral disc, the herniated or protruding portion that is compressing the spinal nerve root.