Browsing Archive: June, 2016

Discectomy vs conservative management of sciatica

Posted by Scott White on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, In : Sciatica 


One large randomised trial (
n = 283) with a low risk of bias compared early surgery to prolonged conservative treatment followed by surgery if needed in patients with severe sciatica for 6–12 weeks. At 1 year of follow-up, 95% of patients in both treatment groups had experienced satisfactory recovery, and no subsequent differences were found. This lack of a difference between groups was maintained for the following year [1].

 

One small trial (n = 56) compared microdiscectomy with conserv...


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Yoga for Pain: Personal experience and Evidence

Posted by Scott White on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, In : Persistent Pain 


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This picture above is me practicing at my teacher’s (Kales) house today. In the context of writing about pain experience, evidence and yoga, I should point out that when I first met Kale, in 2009, I could barely move. 2 years of chronic pain, and what I now recognise as sensitisation, fear avoidance and textbook chronicity markers, I could barely even sit on the ground (hip and knee pain), my squatting ability was non existent (too stiff, too sore). Additionally, I was too ...


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