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  1. 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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  2. Back Pain: Medication and Addiction

    In the last few years, everyone's heard about the apparent epidemic of prescription drug addiction, especially to narcotic painkillers. We see human-interest stories on the news about regular folks getting hooked on OxyContin or Vicodin. Every few months, it seems, we get another news release from a

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  3. Back Exercises to Wow Them Coming and Going

    Whether you're looking to strengthen your back to help with pain or just to look and feel better, experts say back exercises are a big part of the game. According to the CDC, back pain is the leading cause of disability and missed work in the U.S. and results in $50 billion annually in costs. With e

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  4. Low Back Pain Shouldn't Sideline You

    Many Penn State alumni fondly remember David K., now 34, as the student who crawled to class. Mired by back pain throughout his four years of college, David saw tons of doctors from top neurosurgeons to psychologists for the pain. Instead of listening to the popular college music of his day like REM

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  5. Sleeping Easier with Back Pain

    Back pain can make it hard to get a good night's sleep. But by experimenting with a few different simple sleep strategies, you can help ease your back pain and prevent future problems. "First you have to start off with the understanding that there is no perfect position for everybody to sleep in," s

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  6. Back Pain Tips: Help With Housework

    Simple household tasks can turn into trouble for people with persistent back pain. But following a few general rules can help minimize the risk of injury and keep your back healthy. Lifting. Avoid bending from the back or twisting while lifting objects. Instead, hold the object close to your body wi

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  7. Is Your Job a Pain in the Back?

    Susan, 38, has a high-stress job as a publicist in New York City. She's also predisposed to back problems because she was born with a misalignment in her hips. "I have to sit for long periods of time [at work], so I get really, really stiff," she tells WebMD. Stephen, 43, of Montreal, is under the g

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  8. Getting Rid of That Aching Back

    April 2, 2001 -- Eric Taylor suffered from back pain for almost 30 years. He tried physical therapy, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medicines, and surgery, but nothing worked. His doctor told him he could have steel rods placed in his spine or put up with the pain for the rest of his life. Taylor

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  9. Exercise Helps Reduce Lower-Back Pain

    Jan. 4, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Low-impact aerobics can reduce chronic low-back pain just as effectively as physical therapy or an exercise program of weight lifting and exercise machines, according to a Swiss study published in the December issue of the journal Spine. "The main finding of the current s

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