Glucosamine Disappoints for Low Back Pain

Glucosamine is a very popular dietary supplement marketed widely as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Patients with imaging-based degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis and back pain for at least 6 months received either glucosamine or a placebo daily for 6 months, and were then followed for another 6 months. Both groups reported less pain after treatment, but there…

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Group Counseling Helps Chronic Low-back Pain

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from chronic lower-back pain? Frustrated with your care options? A British study has found that patients (without "red flags" for other serious disease) who received 3-6 cognitive behavioral interventions that focused on participation and attitudes toward physical activity did significantly better than those who who only received 15 minutes…

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