Philadelphia — Two physician groups are recommending topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – with or without menthol gel – as a non-opioid “first-line therapy” for treating acute pain from non-low-back musculoskeletal injuries.
Iowa City, IA — A NIOSH-funded study of farm machinery found that the machine operators experienced whole-body vibration at levels that reached the European Union’s “action level” for exposure limit within two hours of operation on nearly 30 percent of the equipment tested.
Burr Ridge, IL – The rise of ride-hailing services has resulted in “driver” being ranked No. 1 on the North American Spine Society’s list of “Top 10 Most Back-Breaking Jobs” as determined by a survey of NASS members.
Minneapolis – People with chronic low back pain are more likely to use illicit drugs, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota.
Orlando, FL – About 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a musculoskeletal disorder, costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages, according to a report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.
Hopkinton, MA – Differences among state workers’ compensation policies may play a role in the length of time workers are out on disability for low-back pain, according to a new study from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.