ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
The High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Debate
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Smog Tougher on the Obese
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
The Unmedicated Mind
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
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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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