ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
CANCER
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia
Dr Churchill & Ashley Pelton Interview 1 of 4
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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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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