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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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