I recently came across an interesting pair of research papers in which low back pain was treated with antibiotics successfully. This research is published in the European Spine Journal April 2013, volume 22, Issue 4, pages 690-696 and 697-707.
This concept took me by surprise. Dic herniations can apparently become infected with the bacteria from plaque in your teeth and from acne. The link between dental hygene and cardiovascular disease, and I think diabetes (not sure), has previously been documented so I do not think this premise is a far stretch. The authors investigated nuclear disc material from patients who underwent surgery for annular tears and removal of visible nuclear tissue. 43% of patients had evidence of infections.
They then treated patients with chronic low back pain and vertebral bone edema with antibiotics for 100 days (that’s a long time). The antibiotic treatment significantly improved the chronic low back pain when compared to placebo.
Well! I am somewhat taken aback but realize this is very interesting and may explain some cases of low back pain that do not progress as well as they should.
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