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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. 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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    4. 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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    5. Disk Fixes for Lower Back Pain

      About 80% of Americans have low back pain at some point. It’s usually short-lived, but if yours lingers for weeks or months, you may wonder if surgery would help.  Low back pain has many causes. Often it's linked to one or more of the rubbery disks that normally cushion the vertebrae in your spine.

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    6. How to Get Ready for Back Surgery

      If you’re scheduled to have back surgery, you’re probably a little worried about how it will turn out. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to make sure your operation is successful. Just ask Dwylett Montgomery. After years of living with severe back pain, she had surgery for degenerative disc dise

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    7. Implants and Less Invasive Surgery for Back Pain

      If back pain keeps you out of work or up all night and medications don’t help, what’s the next step? Don’t be scared if your doctor says “back surgery.” New treatments for spinal pain aren’t as invasive as old-school operations that required weeks of recovery in bed. Surgeons using special tools can

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    8. Is It Time for Back Surgery?

      Aching back? You’re hardly alone. Back pain that just won’t go away is the most common type of chronic pain in the U.S. If you’re living with severe pain, you might be thinking about surgery. While that’s a decision only you and your doctor can make, here are a few things to keep in mind. Chances ar

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    9. 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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    10. 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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