Lower back pain is inevitable if most of your days demand pressure and stress on your back. Sitting for long periods, slouching, improper sleeping positions and not enough physical activity are the most common causes of this condition.
New research demonstrates that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Researchers studied back pain patients in an inpatient rehabilitation clinic in Germany. Two groups of patients were compared. Group 1 received acupuncture plus conventional rehabilitation services. Group 2 received only rehabilitation services.
Most lower back pain results from strained muscles or ligaments, and though often painful, usually resolves on its own. Structural problems in the spine, such as herniated discs, sometimes require surgical intervention. Swimming provides a nonweight-bearing environment in which to exercise the large muscles in the back and the smaller muscle groups that help support…
Richard Kube, MD, Spine Surgeon, CEO and founder of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, Peoria, Ill. is one of four spine surgeons around the country featured in Becker’s Spine Review for the weekly column Ask Spine Surgeons. The surgeons discuss whether or not hospital employment will be the future for industry physicians.
Richard Kube, MD, CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute and Prairie SurgiCare in Peoria, Ill., tackles some of the big issues facing spine surgeons in private practice today and how surgeons can be successful in the 21st century. Q: What are the biggest opportunities for spine surgeons to build and grow their practices today?