An­tibi­otics re­lieve chronic disc pain

Reader's Digest (India) - - Mednews - Source: Hanne B. Al­bert, PhD, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, The Back Re­search Cen­ter, Univer­sity of South­ern Den­mark

Bac­te­rial in­fec­tions might cause low-back pain in nearly half of pa­tients with slipped discs. A Euro­pean study found that in 46 per­cent of peo­ple with her­ni­ated discs, bac­te­ria had in­vaded the disc tis­sue as it healed, caus­ing painful swelling of ver­te­brae bones. When sci­en­tists tested an­tibi­otics as a treat­ment, they found that pa­tients sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved on ev­ery mea­sure of pain and dis­abil­ity af­ter about three months, com­pared with those who took a placebo. One year later, the pa­tients had im­proved even more.

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