HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Self-management improves course of low back pain

Exercise, behavior and dietary changes have a significant impact on improving mental and physical function in low-income adults with chronic low back pain, according to a study published in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers led by Teresa Damush, Ph.D., assistant research scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who is also a Regenstrief Institute, Inc. research scientist, enrolled 211 inner city residents over age 18 in the study. The participants were predominately female (73 percent) and African-American (59 percent).

Study participants were divided into two groups, both of which continued to see their physician for treatment of low back pain. One of the groups participated in a self-management program. These individuals attended weekly classes in a neighborhood health center where back-strengthening exercises were taught to improve physical function. As importantly, the classes were designed to teach individuals how to fit exercise into their daily schedules.

Sessions also were conducted to teach study participants in the self-management group coping mechanisms for negative emotions such as depression and frustration. Dr. Damush, who is a health psychologist, said many study participants had deep fears of disability. All participants were counseled to communicate regularly with their physician rather than being a passive participant in control of their pain.

"Our study showed that empowering low income adults to deal with their pain through such self-management strategies as exercise, behavior and dietary changes, significantly improved both mental and physical functioning. With better mental and physical functioning individuals with low back pain can return more quickly to work and family activities," said Dr. Damush.

Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment after headache, in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. Acute or sh
'"/>

Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
2-Dec-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Self-management program helps patients with acute low back pain
2. Self-management program proves beneficial for macular degeneration patients
3. Hormonal treatment improves survival in high-risk prostate cancer patients
4. Growth hormone treatment improves symptoms of metabolic disorder in postmenopausal women
5. New substance that improves the photodetection of bladder cancer gains market approval
6. Most advanced CT scanner improves imaging of heart, avoids need for surgical inspection
7. Columbia study finds hemophilia therapy dramatically improves outcomes for bleeding stroke
8. New test improves detection of bladder cancer
9. Adding radiation therapy to chemotherapy improves survival in patients with high-risk breast cancer
10. Care of rural stroke patients improves with telephone support
11. Acupuncture relieves pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... announced the launch of Care Management Alerts and Dashboards, an innovative new service ... Rhode Island. , RIQI’s Care Management Alerts and Dashboards provide near real-time data ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Studies show evidence that carotenoids ... risk of visual loss in these patients. , But how often do ophthalmologists and ... cessation to patients at risk of or with early symptoms of AMD? A ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Everybody has their own personal preference when ... read it, and some people don't like it at all. FindaTopDoc took a look ... , Erotic literature can give readers a taste of their deepest, darkest fantasies and ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Georgia (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Negative Breast Cancer Conference from Sept. 18 to 20. , The two-day conference ... (TNBC) subtype with the goal of improving patients’ lives and eliminating racial breast ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... ... Ross Insurance Agency ( http://www.rossinsuranceagency.com ) saves clients thousands ... recent update of flood zones, more people than ever are in flood zone ... reflect the actual risk in flood zone areas during a time when FEMA ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/7/2017)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... Joseph R. Goodwin , U.S. District Court Judge for ... , entered a case management order in MDL 2325, ... Litigation (the "MDL") that includes a provision requiring plaintiffs ... on specific causation within one hundred twenty (120) days ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... Neb. , June 5, 2017 ... in the United States . ... helps a fallen person up to an almost-standing ... easily assembled and operated by one assistant and does ... It is simple enough that a child can operate ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... CAESAREA, Israel , May 30, 2017 DarioHealth Corp. ... and big data solutions, today announced that it will be presenting ... 2017, at 8:00 AM PT. Erez Raphael , CEO, of ... The conference will be held on June 6th & 7th, ... 180 companies in the small / micro-cap space. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: