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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Resistance Training Best for Neck Pain

    -->May 20, 2003 -- Although stretching neck muscles is the often-preached advice for relieving chronic neck pain, a new study suggests resistance training is a much better treatment choice. Finnish researchers say that applying resistance with elastic bands, which are sold at most sporting goods sto

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  8. Manual Therapy Eases Neck Pain, Cheaply

    April 24, 2003 - A hands-on approach to treating neck pain by manual therapy may help people get better faster and at a lower cost than more traditional treatments, according to a new study. Neck pain and stiffness is a common health problem, especially among older adults, and affects between 10% an

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  9. Arthritis Drug Relieves Sciatica Pain

    April 23, 2003 -- A drug commonly used to ease the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis may also double as a potential sciatica treatment. A new study shows Remicade (infliximab) effectively reduced leg pain caused by severe sciatica and allowed many suffers to return to normal activities.

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  10. Whiplash Injury Mild, But Frequent

    March 13, 2003 - Whereas whiplash injury often thought lead to severe disability, a new study suggests pain level is no more than seen with other sprains. But experts question these findings -- and suggest that getting the right treatment early may be key. In what is believed to be the first study s

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