When we have a broken bone, do we have to suffer in order to heal? Despite the advances of modern medicine, maybe we do.

“It’s time to tell the public,” says Thomas Einhorn, an orthopedic surgeon at Boston University Medical Center. “It would seem that a prudent approach is to temporarily avoid the use of these drugs during bone healing.”

He?s talking about the new painkillers Vioxx and Celebrex, which are often given to ease the pain of broken bones. When Patrick O’Connor at the University of New Jersey gave these painkillers to rats, their broken bones didn?t fully heal.
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Many of our website readers and Dreamland listeners also listen to Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM and they?re been worried about the recent bout of back pain that kept him off the air for so long. A new study shows why patients find it so difficult to recover from a back injury ? it?s because they start using the wrong muscles to bend and lift. This causes further injury to the spinal column and turns a short-term muscle injury into a long-term problem.

Professor William Marras of Ohio State University studied more than 20 patients with low back pain. His team wired them up to devices which recorded electrical activity in their back muscles, showing whether the person was using them or not. The results were compared with those from uninjured people.
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