A new treatment offers hope for people challenged with chronic back pain. It focuses on retraining how the back and the brain communicate, and was demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial. The research was performed by scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and several other Australian and European universities.
Therapeutic effects of conservative treatment with 2-week bed rest for osteoporotic vertebral fractures
Current clinical guidelines do not recommend bed rest during treatment for osteoporotic vertebral fractures—spinal fractures that occur in bones that has been weakened by osteoporosis—because there has not been enough evidence to make conclusive recommendations. However, a recent study provides new evidence that an initial period of strict bed rest can be beneficial.
A treatment that trains both the brain and the body has shown important effects on pain and disability, a new study has found.
Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Most people experience an episode of back pain in their lifetime.