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    1. Heat Wrap May Help Back Pain

      Jan. 23, 2006 -- About half of all working-age Americans experience low back pain in any given year, costing the U.S. economy between $20 and $50 billion annually in lost productivity. But an over-the-counter approach to controlling back pain just may help get some of these people back to work quick

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    2. VAX-D: Treating Back Pain Without Surgery

      Before a sudden onset of excruciating back pain left him barely able to stand, retired internist Ernie Reiner, MD, was busy volunteering at a health clinic in Tampa, Fla., and improving his golf and tennis game. After several tests showed a herniated disk and lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spine

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    3. Doctors Overly Optimistic About Back Surgery

      June 15, 2005 -- Surgeons tend to be "overly optimistic" when they counsel patients about the benefits of back surgery, a new study shows. Almost 40% of patients in the study reported virtually no difference in back pain back pain one year after having back surgery. But prior to surgery almost all o

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    4. Exercise, Return to Activity Helps Back Pain

      June 9, 2005 -- Low back pain is one of the most common and difficult-to-treat medical complaints among adults. Treatment often includes physical therapy, but new research shows that a hands-off educational and behavioral approach to pain management works just as well. Researchers say people in the

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    5. Treating Low Back Pain: Surgery, Rehab Equal?

      May 23, 2005 -- Living with chronic low back pain? A British study says surgery and intensive rehabilitation may be equally good options. "Patients with low back pain who are considered by surgeons to be candidates for spinal fusion may obtain similar benefits from an intensive rehabilitation progra

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    6. Exercise Helps Long-Term, Not Acute, Back Pain

      May 2, 2005 -- Is exercise for low back pain worth the gain? Yes, studies show -- but only for long-term low back pain. Different doctors recommend different exercises for different patients. What works? Jill A. Hayden, DC, of Canada's Institute for Work & Health, led a team that analyzed studies ev

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    7. Innovative Physical Therapy Relieves Back Pain

      April 14, 2005 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- An innovative physical therapy technique may relieve back pain even when all other treatments fail. The technique, called Souchard's global postural re-education -- or GPR for short -- employs a series of gentle movements to realign spinal column joints and stre

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    8. Surgery Often Won't Cure Back Pain

      Feb. 25, 2005 -- Surgery for back pain is not the cure-all that many patients believe it to be, say orthopaedic experts. Many patients who seek surgery for chronic back pain have other health problems, and failing to take them into account limits the usefulness of back surgery, they say. And the mor

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    9. Chronic Back Pain May Shrink the Brain

      Nov. 19, 2004 -- If you're one of the millions of people with chronic back pain, scientists say your brain may age up to 20 times faster than normal. In the first study of its kind, researchers from Northwestern University have found that chronic back pain actually shrinks the brain by as much as 11

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    10. Mild Back Pain: Advice as Good as Therapy

      Sept. 23, 2004 -- Routine physical therapy is no better at relieving mild to moderate back pain than good advice from a therapist on how to remain active, a new study shows. "Remain as active as possible and take up some form of regular exercise, such as walking or swimming," says study researcher a

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