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    1. Studies Question a Common, Costly Back Surgery

      April 13, 2016 -- Two new studies out Wednesday cast doubt on whether a common and costly operation used to relieve leg and back pain is always needed. The studies found that the procedure, known as spinal fusion, wasn't any more effective at helping people walk or do daily tasks than a simpler surg

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    2. Meditation May Help Ease Chronic Low Back Pain

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation may work better than painkillers when it comes to soothing chronic low back pain, a new clinical trial suggests. The study found that a program called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) beat standard medic

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    3. Nerve Block Technique Might Help Ease Chronic Back Pain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A procedure that uses radio waves to treat chronic low back pain provided long-lasting relief to a small group of patients, researchers report. Called intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB), the procedure uses two water-cooled n

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    4. Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults With Back Pain

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mindful meditation may offer a measure of pain relief to seniors suffering from chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. The study involved nearly 300 older adults with long-term lower back pain, half of whom were ass

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    5. Exercise Eases Low Back Pain

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may reduce your risk of low back pain, Australian researchers report. They reviewed 23 studies that included nearly 31,000 people and found that exercise, alone or with education, can prevent back pain. Specifical

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    6. Exercise to Boost Spine Muscles May Ease Back Pain

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise program meant to boost coordination of muscles that control and support the spine can help reduce lower back pain, a new study suggests. This type of program -- called motor control exercise -- begins with pat

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    7. This May Ease Low Back Pain for Some

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical nerve stimulation may offer some relief for older adults with chronic back pain, a new study suggests. While wearing and activating the "transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" (TENS) device, people had si

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    8. This as Good as Painkillers for Low Back Pain

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Naproxen -- a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription -- appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. The study compared the use of

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    9. Early Physical Therapy May Not Fix Low Back Pain

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who w

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    10. Steroid Injections May Not Help Lower Back Pain

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds. Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compress

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