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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Surgery Helps Adults With Scoliosis

    Feb. 27, 2003 -- Complex surgery to correct common problems caused by scoliosis or excessive curvature of the spine may provide lasting relief from back pain -- even in older adults. Although corrective spinal surgery is much more complicated in adults than adolescents, a new study shows surgical tr

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  7. Scoliosis Outlook Not So Grim

    Feb. 5, 2003 -- Most adults with untreated curvature of the spine do just fine. That's the finding of an extraordinary 50-year study of people with scoliosis. Not all scoliosis is the same. The most common form is called late-onset idiopathic scoliosis. It's a curving of the spine that for no appare

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  8. Few Parents Check Their Child's Backpack

    Dec. 20, 2002 -- Despite recent warnings from health organizations and the media, few parents have any idea how much heavy lifting their child is doing by toting their backpack around on a daily basis. A new survey shows only about 4% of the parents of elementary school children who were carrying th

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  9. 'No-Cause' Back Pain Really Hurts

    Oct. 28, 2002 -- People with long-lasting lower back pain often don't know why they hurt. Now it seems they suffer from a nerve problem that turns up the volume on their pain. The problem is similar to fibromyalgia. Like fibromyalgia patients, back pain sufferers have no apparent physical reason to

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  10. Opioids Recommended for Back Pain

    Oct. 3, 2002 -- Potent opioid-based pain relievers should be considered in treating the millions of people who suffer from chronic low back pain, according to a new study. The researcher says the drugs' effectiveness is unquestioned, despite the controversy surrounding their use. Opioids are pain re

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