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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

    Nov. 13, 2003 -- For years, many people with back pain have been advised to sleep on a firm mattress. But a new study shows that might just add to the nightmare of their morning-after misery. Researchers in Spain say that people who sleep on a medium-firm mattress were twice as likely to report impr

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  8. Are Backpacks to Blame for Back Pain?

    June 18, 2003 - Children may complain about their heavy backpacks, especially during school, but are they really responsible for back pain? A new American study says yes, but a similar study from the Netherlands says no and argues that some children's back pain may be all in their heads. The issue o

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  9. Study Sizes Up Back Pain Treatments

    June 2, 2003 -- When it comes to back pain, a chiropractic spinal "realignment" is in line with other back pain treatments offered by medical doctors, while acupuncture seems to have holes in its reported effectiveness and massage may help both your pain and pocketbook. So conclude researchers from

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  10. Backpacks May Not Cause Kids' Back Pain

    May 21, 2003 -- Heavy, book-crammed backpacks are often blamed for back pain in children, but a new study suggests that their soreness and strain may result from a different load being carried -- their own weight. Research presented Wednesday at the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitati

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