ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
FITNESS
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Olde Time Medicine Therapy May Prevent Alcoholic Relapse
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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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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