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    1. When to See Your Doctor About Back Pain

      How do you know when that achy pain in your back is more than you can handle alone? Experts agree -- if your back pain is in conjunction with any of the following symptoms, skip the at-home remedies for in-office help.  There are several red flags that doctors look for when evaluating low back pain.

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    2. Emotional Aspects of Low Back Pain

      You can eat a healthy diet, exercise religiously, and follow every single one of your doctor's recommendations -- but no matter how healthy or well-conditioned your body may be, at some point, your lower back is almost destined to cause you problems. For most people, low back pain is just a minor an

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    3. Top Causes of Chronic Low Back Pain

      It's hard to find any part of Elin Laird's life that hasn't been touched by pain. "I can't stand for too long. I can't sit for too long. Pretty much if I'm at home, I'm lying in bed," says the 39-year-old single mother. "I can't be as active in my son's life. I can't travel as much. I've lost so muc

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    4. How to Wreck Your Back

      For many people, back pain seems like an unavoidable discomfort. But you may have more control than you think. You can wreck your back in any number of ways, but a few major offenders stand out: Not stretching, not paying attention to your movements, and years of wear and tear, says Nick Shamie, MD,

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    5. The Truth About Back Surgery

      By Toni Gerber Hope & Susan Ince Of the 56 million Americans who have back pain, only 5 percent need surgery. Here's how to protect yourself and find relief that really works. There's an old joke in medicine: A man goes to the doctor because he has a miserable cold. His doctor prescribes some pills,

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    6. Back Pain: Finding the Right Doctor

      Start with your primary-care physician; back pain is so common that most family docs have seen lots of it. Your PCP is also a good person to return to if, later, you get conflicting treatment advice from specialists. He or she can help you evaluate what would be your best next step. Physiatrists (ph

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    7. What Is Your Back Pain Telling You?

      You may have heard that it's our body's way of sending us a message. But when back pain first arrives, what it tells you may not be the truth -- or, at least, not the whole story. What you think: "I need tests to find out what's going on" The reality: You can feel better without seeing the doctor Yo

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    8. Relieve Back Pain With Core Strength Training

      Pierce Dunn thought surgery had put an end to nearly 15 years of back pain. After a double discectomy about eight years ago, he says, "I could wake up in the morning without worrying that I wouldn't be able to get out of bed. I became a human being again!" Feeling revitalized, Dunn, now 57, a partne

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    9. Andre Agassi's Battle With Back Pain

      On Sept. 3, as he said goodbye to his fans at the U.S. Open, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi dabbed away tears. His lower lip quivered while he spoke, his voice on the verge of breaking during the minute-long farewell. "You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I

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    10. VAX-D: Treating Back Pain Without Surgery

      Before a sudden onset of excruciating back pain left him barely able to stand, retired internist Ernie Reiner, MD, was busy volunteering at a health clinic in Tampa, Fla., and improving his golf and tennis game. After several tests showed a herniated disk and lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spine

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