back pain

Dumb bells on the floor of an old-school gym

Powerlifting is just as effective as bodyweight exercise for chronic low back pain, new study reveals. 

Low back pain

Muscle relaxants might not be as effective at easing back pain as previously thought, a review indicates.

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A new UNSW evidence review has found there is still no consensus between researchers about why exercise works for low back pain patients – despite decades of studies on the topic.

Dr Ashish Diwan and Dr Kyle Sheldrick.

A new MRI scanning technique for analysing degenerated spinal discs improves accuracy from 70% using current methods to 97%, raising hope of better diagnoses of back pain.

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Despite rates of spinal fusion being on the rise for chronic back pain sufferers, current evidence doesn't support its effectiveness, write Gustavo Machado, Christine Lin and Ian Harris.

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Back pain has never been a health or research priority, despite the fact that 25 per cent of Australians suffer from it, write Chris Maher, Ian Harris and Rachelle Buchbinder.