Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Unravelling the mysteries of back pain

07.04.2006


Researchers at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK, have begun to disentangle the problem of chronic back pain using new statistical analyses.



They found that simply describing people as having “chronic back pain” might not be very useful.

The team from the Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele carried out an in depth study of how peoples’ back pain changed over time and found four different pathways.


Dr Kate Dunn said: “We have found that people experience different ‘pain pathways’, which might need different types of treatment.”

“The use of an ‘umbrella term’ of chronic does not seem appropriate and our classification into four pathways of persistent mild, recovering, fluctuating and severe chronic does provides a more detailed alternative. Classification of primary care patients into these groups may help the management of non-specific low back pain and contribute to future trials of treatment.”

Understanding the course of low back pain is important for clinicians and researchers because it provides information on the need for, and potential benefits of, treatment. It also helps patients learn what to expect in terms of symptoms, the impact of the problem on their life and the treatments they may receive.

The aim of the study was to identify and describe groups of primary care low back pain patients defined by their patterns of change in, or stability of, pain over time.

The researchers found that although most people report that their back pain improves after visiting their GP, not everyone recovers completely. Some people constantly have severe pain, many continue to have mild but lasting symptoms and a few find that their back pain fluctuates.

The analysis was based on data for 342 primary care low back pain sufferers, aged 30 to 59, in Staffordshire, who took part in the study.

Dr Kate Dunn | alfa
Further information:
http://www.keele.ac.uk

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Nanoparticles as a Solution against Antibiotic Resistance?
15.12.2017 | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

nachricht Plasmonic biosensors enable development of new easy-to-use health tests
14.12.2017 | Aalto University

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Error-free into the Quantum Computer Age

A study carried out by an international team of researchers and published in the journal Physical Review X shows that ion-trap technologies available today are suitable for building large-scale quantum computers. The scientists introduce trapped-ion quantum error correction protocols that detect and correct processing errors.

In order to reach their full potential, today’s quantum computer prototypes have to meet specific criteria: First, they have to be made bigger, which means...

Im Focus: Search for planets with Carmenes successful

German and Spanish researchers plan, build and use modern spectrograph

Since 2016, German and Spanish researchers, among them scientists from the University of Göttingen, have been hunting for exoplanets with the “Carmenes”...

Im Focus: First-of-its-kind chemical oscillator offers new level of molecular control

DNA molecules that follow specific instructions could offer more precise molecular control of synthetic chemical systems, a discovery that opens the door for engineers to create molecular machines with new and complex behaviors.

Researchers have created chemical amplifiers and a chemical oscillator using a systematic method that has the potential to embed sophisticated circuit...

Im Focus: Long-lived storage of a photonic qubit for worldwide teleportation

MPQ scientists achieve long storage times for photonic quantum bits which break the lower bound for direct teleportation in a global quantum network.

Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor...

Im Focus: Electromagnetic water cloak eliminates drag and wake

Detailed calculations show water cloaks are feasible with today's technology

Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

See, understand and experience the work of the future

11.12.2017 | Event News

Innovative strategies to tackle parasitic worms

08.12.2017 | Event News

AKL’18: The opportunities and challenges of digitalization in the laser industry

07.12.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

The body's street sweepers

18.12.2017 | Life Sciences

Fast flowing heat in layered material heterostructures

18.12.2017 | Materials Sciences

Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change

18.12.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>