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  1. 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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  2. Alternative Approaches to Low Back Pain

    Have you ever had back pain? If so, you're not alone.  About 8 out of every 10 people have acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting) back pain at some point in their lives. Most acute back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies. But sometimes it does

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  3. 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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  4. 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 pill

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  5. 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 (

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  6. 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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Alternative Approaches to Low Back Pain

    Has your back been bothering you for months -- or years -- and still you and your doctor haven't been able to figure out why? You're not alone. Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in America, according to the National Institutes of Health, and costs about $50 billion a year

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