By Linda J. Buch and Kristen Browning-Blas
The Denver Post
Greenport doctor Frank Adipietro injects surgical cement into the damaged vertebrae of an 87-year-old woman suffering from chronic back pain for years. The procedure, called kyphoplasty, was recently criticized by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Many back pain sufferers seek to alleviate their symptoms with massage, but, according to The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, only some forms of massage therapy are actually beneficial in reducing or eliminating pain. “Research suggests that classic massage, Thai massage and acupressure can relieve low back pain that has lasted longer than several weeks,” says Professor Peter Sawicki, the Institute’s Director. Read more