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:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... A newly ... rely heavily on their access to trusted resources, both in face-to-face interactions and online. ... Men of Color,” researchers concluded that the creative use of mobile digital devices can ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... 2016 increased by 9.3 million people, or 10% over last year, according to ... people covered under group policies was comparatively stable, with a slight decrease in ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Controlling and maintaining the home’s water heater just ... Aquanta Water Heater Controller , a first-of-its-kind system that enables remote and convenient ... the Nest thermostat does for HVAC systems, Aquanta gives users a much more efficient, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Dream Builders Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in ... in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, May 21st. The volunteers took the children out for ... More than 15 volunteers traveled from Los Angeles to Tijuana, Mexico for the day ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Since 1946, the doctors and ... From the moment a patient arrives at the office, the staff will make ... each and every patient to create a complete dental treatment plan that is unique ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/20/2016)... 20, 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds ... Medical Devices of its online business intelligence library. ... the current state of the Titrator industry. The ... like definitions, classifications, Specifications, applications and industry chain ... like Raw Material Suppliers, Equipment Suppliers, Manufacturing Cost ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ReportsnReports.com adds "Plaque Psoriasis ... research report with comprehensive information on the therapeutic ... comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by ... administration (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest ... also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... May 19, 2016 According to a new ... G7 Countries, (U.S., Germany , France ... , and Japan )", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2016 to 2021. ... 14 market data Tables spread through 26 Pages and in-depth TOC ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: