An article in The Telegraph in England about groundbreaking research in Denmark. It appears the Danes don’t just give us Eurovision winners! Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have discovered that in up to half the cases of chronic lower back, there is a bacterial infection present.
In cases where an intervertebral disc has been herniated, the damage to the disc can allow bacteria to penetrate causing inflammation and the pain associated with it. This is great news for those whose back pain has been unresponsive to treatment, as many of those in the clinical trial were cured or significantly relieved of their pain after a three month course of combination antibiotic therapy.
Now it is important to point out that this will not work for everyone. The majority of people with lower back pain will still be relieved by massage or Bowen for muscular problems or maybe by osteopathy or chiropractic for major bony alignments. Some may require surgery if discs are too badly degraded. But for those who don’t respond to these methods, this may give some hope. There is also the necessary caution that taking antibiotics willy-nilly does increase the risk of creating resistant strains of bacteria, so this should always be something for when other lines of attack fail, but it is very exciting research.
Read the original article here.