ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
CANCER
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Eating your way to Good Health
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.

TUESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Although the proper exercise can help people deal with and alleviate chronic neck and back pain, a new study shows that health professionals may not be prescribing it as often as they should.

Less than half of the nearly 700 people surveyed -- all of whom had seen a physician, chiropractor or physical therapist in the past year for chronic back or neck pain -- were prescribed exercise, the study found.

The results, based on a telephone survey by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showed that those who were given instructions to exercise were nearly twice as likely to have received the order from a physical therapist than from a physician or chiropractor. Roughly a third of physical therapists' patients, though, still did not receive an exercise prescription.

Although most of those surveyed said they had seen a physician, their doctors prescribed exercise for just 14 percent of them. However, some people were referred by their doctors to physical therapists, who ultimately prescribed exercise, according to the survey.

Women, people with a higher education level, and those receiving workers compensation were more likely to have been prescribed exercise, the survey found.

"Considering current evidence on the efficacy of exercise, these findings demonstrate that exercise is being underutilized as a treatment for chronic back and neck pain," the authors wrote.

The findings are published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

The authors suggested that future studies look at barriers to prescriptive exercise.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about preventing back pain.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Jan. 29, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 03, 2009

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