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Seniors, Doctors at Odds on Opioid Risks and 'Deprescribing'

Conversations between primary care physicians and older patients often "challenging"

Mar 06, 2024
A close up photo of a senior woman holding a glass of water and a white pill.
SpA Diagnoses Remain Uncertain, Even After Years of Symptoms

Many patients never know for sure what they have, study suggests

Jan 19, 2024
 A photo of a young male physician listening to his senior male patient describe his back pain.
Opinion
Spinal Surgery Redux: Advancing Our Approach to Back Pain

New techniques and high-quality care make all the difference for recovery

Oct 30, 2023
Two x-ray views of a patient who has undergone spinal fusion.
Acupuncture Effective for Some ED Patients With Intractable Pain

Average pain score dropped from 7.96 to 3.88 after treatment, study finds

Oct 11, 2023
ACEP over the Penn medical buildings in Philadelphia.
Here's Another Racial-Ethnic Disparity in Back Pain Care

Nonwhite patients who overuse opioids are given nonpharmacologic alternatives less often

Sep 12, 2023
A photo of a female physiotherapist examining her male patientโ€™s back in an examination room.
Imaging for Back and Joint Pain: Overuse Is an International Problem

Australian primary care docs love to order scans, just like their American counterparts

Jul 07, 2023
A CT scan of the spine of a senior male.
Opioids No Better for Acute Neck and Back Pain Than Non-Opioid Treatment

Australian trial finds no difference in pain scores over 6 weeks

Jun 29, 2023
A photo of white pills spilled from overturned prescription bottles.
Diabetes and Poor Diet; Non-Surgical Sciatica Treatment

Also in TTHealthWatch: umbilical cord blood analysis and obesity

Apr 29, 2023
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Opinion
We're Treating Low Back Pain All Wrong

Let's reexamine the current approach to treatment

Apr 14, 2023
A photo of a mature man sitting on the edge of his bed and holding his painful back.
Taltz Safety, Efficacy Stay Robust in Spondyloarthritis at 3 Years

Benefits appear durable for patients in a long-term extension

Feb 21, 2023
A photo of a Taltz injection pen over MRI images of sacroiliac articulation
Advent-Themed Exercise; Substance Use and Road Accidents

Also in TTHealthWatch: diagnostic errors in the emergency department

Dec 26, 2022
TTUHSC EL PASO HEALTHWATCH with their logo and photos of Rick Lange, MD, and Elizabeth Tracey
Spinal Cord Stimulators for Chronic Pain May Not Live Up to the Hype

Retrospective study finds no reduction in opioid use vs conventional medical management

Nov 28, 2022
An x-ray image of an implanted spinal cord stimulator.
Spine Surgeon Explains Carson Daly's Back Surgery

The television host recently underwent an ALIF procedure after suffering back pain for decades

Nov 17, 2022
The YouTube thumbnail with Antonio Webb, MD, a photo of Carson Daly and the words: SPINE METAL CAGE
Chronic Pain: Opioids No Longer Treatment of Choice

Nondrug therapies increased markedly in wake of 2016 CDC guidance

Nov 07, 2022
 A photo of a senior man wincing in pain as a physicial therapist stretches his neck muscles.
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