Navigation Links
New U of A research goes against mom's advice that routine lifting is bad for your back
Date:4/15/2010

Tapio Videman says back disorders in the working population are among the most costly illnesses in developed countries around the world. Disc degeneration is the main suspected origin of severe back symptoms and the main target in spine surgery. But Videman, a researcher in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, wants to dispute the common perception that disc degeneration is caused by physical loading, the pressure put on the spine that comes with, for example, frequent lifting. Videman's research team found that more physical loading may in fact slightly delay disc degeneration as it's known to be good for the bones, muscles and tendons.

Videman studied identical male twins where one of the siblings was, on average, 29 pounds heavier than the other. According to Videman, the most prevalent source of physical loading is what each individual is carrying around on a daily basis: their own body weight. What Videman's research found is that there was no evidence that the loading in the form of extra body weight was harmful to the person's spinal discs. In fact, the heavier twin had slightly less disc degeneration compared to the lighter twin.

What's Videman's take-home message? Routine physical loading is not bad for a disc, within limits. Videman says these findings have immediate implications for preventative strategies and patient education. He says people who are unsure about physical-loading activities while at work, home or at the gym because of fear of harming their back, should challenge their spines by gradually increasing daily physical loading.


'/>"/>

Contact: Carmen Leibel
carmen.leibel@ualberta.ca
780-492-0436
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Research findings underscore needed action to safeguard lungs of young cancer survivors
2. Steven Zoernack and The Bullion Fund Deploy Equity Long/Short Strategy with Apple (AAPL) and Research in Motion (RIMM)
3. Plant pathogen genetically tailors attacks to each part of host, say Stanford researchers
4. Rutgers Stem Cell Research Center derives new cell lines and trains stem cell scientists
5. DDW 2010 telebriefing: Preview the latest research and hot topics
6. Renowned Researcher Joins Children's National Medical Center to Help Conquer Rare Diseases
7. New Research Demonstrates Gains in Emergent Reading Skills for Adolescents with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
8. Groundbreaking MS research to be presented at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
9. Dr. Kristiina Vuori Promoted to President of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
10. New research tools for BRAMS via Sonomax Technologies
11. SNM receives grant from AHRQ for comparative effectiveness research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New U of A research goes against mom's advice that routine lifting is bad for your back
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in ... and patient safety. Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... to announce that “Natural Language Processing–Enabled and Conventional Data Capture Methods for Input ... JMIR Medical Informatics . , Results of the comparative usability study demonstrate that ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... CURE Media ... centers and advocacy groups, has aligned with Upstage Lung Cancer in efforts to combat ... the announcement, Michael J. Hennessy, Jr said, “CURE Media Group is honored to team ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... ... Fitness Camp (PFC) and The Chopra Center for Wellbeing announced today the launch of ... headquarters of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in San Diego. , Chopra FIT ... development, a healthy lifestyle, or mental and physical healing. The week-long wellness program combines ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that ... set up in 2006 as a non-profit organization to unite pharmaceutical and healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... QUEBEC CITY , Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... key US patents for improving the accuracy, reproducibility ... CD images in long and small bone orthopaedic ... proprietary approach to creating personalized orthopaedic restorations based ... create personalized orthopaedic restorations, the company harnesses the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  A new study ... that the use of opioid therapy to treat chronic ... the likelihood of more harmful consequences, including death. ... M.D., and Zankhana Mehta , M.D., authored the ... on chronic opioid therapy. The study was published in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Information products and services provider ... Scopus , the world,s largest abstract and citation database of ... for journals from over 5,000 publishers. The new set of metrics ... to and when to adjust a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: