Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Dec. 20, 2005

December 19, 2005

A new study finds that a yoga program was more effective in treating lower back pain than another exercise program or reading a book about low back pain (Article, p. 849). One hundred and one patients with lower back pain were assigned to one of three groups and were followed for 26 weeks.

Both the yoga group and the exercise group participated in 12 weekly, 75-minute classes. All patients could use drugs for back pain as needed.

At 12 weeks, the yoga group had better back function than the other exercise group or the education group, although all reported about the same levels of pain.

At 26 weeks, the yoga group reported better back function and less pain than the other two groups.

The research study used Viniyoga, a type of gentle yoga with fairly simple poses adapted for the individual, and attention to breathing.

Lower back pain is a common condition for which usual treatments (drugs such as NSAIDs, pain-killers and muscle relaxants, and exercise) are only modestly effective.

The author says that this is the first major study of yoga for back pain and shows that yoga is a viable option for reducing pain. The author notes that the yoga group in the study was supervised by a trained instructor attuned to low-back pain and that successful treatment also requires that patients practice regularly at home.
-end-
NOTES TO EDITORS:

Photographs of yoga class in session and two participants in the study are available. Call for an image. The article and drawings of the yoga poses used in the study are available on annals.org, beginning Dec. 20, 2005, at http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/143/12/849.

This article is the subject of a video news release. Call for coordinates.

Information about upcoming tip sheet. The tip sheet for the Jan. 3, 2006, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine will be released on Dec. 19, 2005. Please call for articles and contact information during the week of Dec. 19 to 23 or on Monday, Jan. 2. The American College of Physicians and Annals of Internal Medicine will be closed from Dec. 24, 2005 to Jan. 1, 2006, and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2.

American College of Physicians

Related Pain Articles from Brightsurf:

Pain researchers get a common language to describe pain
Pain researchers around the world have agreed to classify pain in the mouth, jaw and face according to the same system.

It's not just a pain in the head -- facial pain can be a symptom of headaches too
A new study finds that up to 10% of people with headaches also have facial pain.

New opioid speeds up recovery without increasing pain sensitivity or risk of chronic pain
A new type of non-addictive opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine without increasing pain sensitivity, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.

The insular cortex processes pain and drives learning from pain
Neuroscientists at EPFL have discovered an area of the brain, the insular cortex, that processes painful experiences and thereby drives learning from aversive events.

Pain, pain go away: new tools improve students' experience of school-based vaccines
Researchers at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have teamed up with educators, public health practitioners and grade seven students in Ontario to develop and implement a new approach to delivering school-based vaccines that improves student experience.

Pain sensitization increases risk of persistent knee pain
Becoming more sensitive to pain, or pain sensitization, is an important risk factor for developing persistent knee pain in osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new study by researchers from the Université de Montréal (UdeM) School of Rehabilitation and Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont Research Centre (CRHMR) in collaboration with researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Becoming more sensitive to pain increases the risk of knee pain not going away
A new study by researchers in Montreal and Boston looks at the role that pain plays in osteoarthritis, a disease that affects over 300 million adults worldwide.

Pain disruption therapy treats source of chronic back pain
People with treatment-resistant back pain may get significant and lasting relief with dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy, an innovative treatment that short-circuits pain, suggests a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting.

Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients
Someday doctors may prescribe sugar pills for certain chronic pain patients based on their brain anatomy and psychology.

Peripheral nerve block provides some with long-lasting pain relief for severe facial pain
A new study has shown that use of peripheral nerve blocks in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TGN) may produce long-term pain relief.

Read More: Pain News and Pain Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.