Back pain relief at hand

Photo: Rachel A. K., Flickr

Photo: Rachel A. K., Flickr

RADIO:

Millions of people in Britain suffer back pain and for many of them it’s a deeply debilitating problem. But now researchers in Denmark say a simple course of antibiotics could cure up to 40% of them. Voice of Russia’s Nima Green reports.

It’s a finding that some scientists are hailing as worthy of a Nobel Prize.

Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes are more commonly known for causing spots. But now it seems that these bugs are also responsible for causing persistent back pain, making many people’s lives a misery.

It seems that bacteria can invade the spinal column and cause chronic symptoms in some people.

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