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  1. 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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  2. Artificial Spinal Disc Nears Approval

    June 3, 2004 -- An expert panel has backed a new artificial disc implant, recommending that the FDA approve it to treat patients with degenerative disc disease in the lower spine. The polyethylene and metal device, called Charité, would be the first permanently implantable artificial disc to come to

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  3. Back Pain Test Not Proof of Spine Trouble

    May 17, 2004 -- Some say disabling back pain with no obvious cause is a spinal disc problem. Some say it's a mental problem. Both may be right. When all else fails to stop lower back pain, doctors consider spinal fusion surgery. To find out exactly where the problem is, they use a process called dis

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  4. Artificial Disc May Relieve Neck, Arm Pain

    March 19, 2004 -- A new type of artificial implant may help relieve the neck and arm pain caused by degenerative cervical disc disease and allow free movement of the neck. New research suggests that a metal-on-metal artificial cervical disc may serve as an effective alternative to spinal fusion for

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  5. Depression Doubles Disabling Back Pain

    March 5, 2004 -- Disabling back pain is twice as likely to come back when a person is depressed. That's the finding from a major study designed to end a major controversy. Earlier studies have split over whether depression affects back pain. Now the relationship is clear, conclude Linda J. Carroll,

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  6. Botox May Ease Chronic Neck Pain

    March 3, 2004 -- A shot of Botox may do more than erase the furrow from your brow, it may also get rid of that pain in your neck. A new study shows that Botox injections may significantly reduce chronic neck pain when used in combination with physical therapy. Botox is a purified form of botulinum t

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  7. Lower Back Pain: Hurt Doesn't Mean Harm

    Jan. 20, 2004 -- Trying to get back to work after suffering lower back pain? Regaining confidence -- not ending pain -- seems to be the key, experts say. Yes, it hurts. After headache, lower back pain is the most common reason people miss work. In most cases, there's no lasting physical problem. But

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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