Diseases & Disorders

The latest disease & disorders medical developments (traditional and alternative), clinical trials, research, rehabilitation and pain management.

Dormant bum syndrome: yes, it's a thing

Dormant bum syndrome: yes, it's a thing

You may not have heard of it before but there is a real, diagnosable condition out there called “dormant bum syndrome” and it could be responsible for the chronic pain in...

New methods for diagnosing back pain

New methods for diagnosing back pain

A new study unveiled in January 2016 by the Arthritis Research & Therapy Journal has found a fast, effective way to identify the root cause of lower back pain with...

New Australian research shows depression can cause back pain

New Australian research shows depression can cause back pain

Research results just released from the University of Sydney shows that depression can cause back pain. This new research uncovers a deeper level of the relationship between pain and depression...

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Identifying the signs, diagnosis and treatment

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Identifying the signs, diagnosis and treatment

Arthritis Australia is playing an important part in raising the awareness of a condition that causes back pain in 2% of Australians. It is called ankylosing spondylitis. It is a...

How to diagnose and manage scoliosis

How to diagnose and manage scoliosis

Scoliosis is thought to affect between 2-3% of the population, with a higher incidence rate in females, and a tendency to develop in late childhood.

The link between back pain and depression

The link between back pain and depression

More than 50% of Australians living with back pain develop mental health issues after having chronic pain, according to a leading orthopaedic surgeon from the Western Australian Institute for Medical...

Scheuermann's disease in children: treating symptoms using the Ridgeway Method

Scheuermann's disease in children: treating symptoms using the Ridgeway Method

Scheuermann’s Disease (commonly spelt Sherman’s Disease)is a developmental disorder of the spine, most commonly found in teenagers and children.

Disc Prolapse (Herniation)

A prolapsed (herniated) disc occurs when the outer fibres of the intervertebral disc (its annulus) are injured, and the soft material known as the nucleus pulposus, ruptures out of its enclosed space. The prolapsed or ruptured disc material can enter the spinal canal, compressing the spinal cord, but more frequently the spinal nerves.

All About Scheuermann's Disease

Scheuermann's disease - commonly spelt Sherman's disease - (also known as juvenile kyphosis, scheuermann's kyphosis and adolescence vertebral epiphysis) is an abnormal skeletal condition which often develops during puberty. It is...

Spirituality Linked to Better Health in Arthritis

A high level of spirituality appears to be associated with better health among individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and could also help them cope with their illness more effectively, recent study...

Controversy Over Hand Surgery for RA Patients

More than 2 million Americans with Rheumatoid Arthritis are caught in the middle of a debate among physicians over which treatment - medications or hand surgery - will help their...

Link between Arthritis & Heart Attack

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that women with rheumatoid arthritis may significantly increase their risk of heart attack by approximately two-fold over an extended period of...

Ginger Extract May Ease Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

People with osteoarthritis of the knee may be able to reduce symptoms of the disease by consuming highly concentrated ginger extract, according to preliminary study findings. Osteoarthritis is a progressive...

Musculoskeletal conditions lack recognition

Only 5% or less of national research councils' spending is allocated to musculoskeletal conditions in established market economies, yet musculoskeletal impairments ranked number one in chronic impairments reported in the...

Acupuncture May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Acupuncture helped relieve symptoms such as pain and depression in women with the chronic pain disorder FIBROMYALGIA, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of...

Bracing Less Effective in Overweight Teens with Scoliosis

In a study of 276 adolescents with the most common form of scoliosis, the overweight were more than twice as likely as those of normal weight to develop worsening curvatures...

Life-Long Strategy To Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Physical activity is presented as the only known intervention that can potentially increase bone mass and strength in the early years of life and reduce the risk of falling in...

In-Vitro Models Minimize Animal Use in Arthritis Studies

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory (COL) have developed an in vitro model using small sections of joint capsule and cartilage typically discarded that mimics arthritic joints. This...

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