Obesity Limits Success of Back Pain Treatments, Study Finds

Being overweight doesn’t just increase your risk of back pain, it limits your potential to improve with treatment, according to recent research. A new study showed that obese patients have fewer improvements with back-pain treatment than patients who aren’t obese. The study included 1,190 participants receiving treatment for lumbar disc degeneration, a common cause of sciatica and…

Why Women Get More Migraines Than Men

Nearly 18% of women are plagued with chronic migraine, compared to just 6% of men, according to epidemiological studies. New research offers insight into the migraine gender gap: it’s all in the head, or rather, the brain. A recent study found that the brains of women with migraine are structurally different than male migraine sufferers. Scientists from Boston…

Surgery No Better Than Cognitive Interventions for Back Pain

  The use of surgery to treat lower back pain has increased considerably in the past twenty years, though there is little information about its long-term effectiveness when compared with conservative treatments such as exercise therapy or cognitive behavioral interventions. Earlier studies found no differences in treatment outcomes when comparing cognitive interventions to lumbar fusion…