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  1. Heat Treatment Soothes Chronic Back Pain

    May 1, 2002 -- A high-tech treatment that heats the spine from the inside may provide lasting relief for some people with chronic back pain that hasn't responded to conventional treatments. A new study shows the procedure, called intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET), can reduce pain and improve

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  2. Common Surgery for Neck Pain Unproven

    April 3, 2002 -- The benefits from surgery for one of most common causes of neck pain may not be worth the risks for many people. A new study shows surgery is no better than other, less risky treatments for those with symptoms caused by degeneration of the vertebrae in the neck, a condition known as

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  3. From Back Pain to Back Strain

    Dec. 3, 2001 -- Your back is killing you, but you have to get those groceries out of the car. You lift carefully. You go slowly. You try not to hurt yourself, but OW! You do. How could you have re-injured your back? You were being so careful. And that was the problem, according to a report in the cu

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  4. Back to School for Back Pain

    Aug. 21, 2001 -- Researchers from the Netherlands suggest that people who are battling chronic back pain may need to return to school. Back patients may already have the reading and writing part down. But special back schools, the experts say, could be helpful by presenting a concentrated program th

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  5. Massage May Be Best Approach for Back Pain

    May 31, 2001 -- Georgia Richardson has been fighting back pain for a long time. Arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the effects from a fall down the stairs have created such a painful condition for her that she hasn't been able to continue to work as a teacher in the Philadelphia school system. Fifteen yea

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  6. Wonder-Poison Spells Relief for Low Back Pain

    May 21, 2001 -- Add chronic low back pain to the growing list of conditions that tiny amounts of a deadly poison can safely relieve. Botox, or botulism toxin, when extremely diluted can be used to temporarily paralyze and erase crow's feet and facial wrinkles, put an end to excessive sweating, curb

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  7. Backaches May Be in Your Genes

    April 11, 2001 -- "Oh! My aching back!" It's one complaint that nearly all of humankind has in common. Many people just live with it, putting up with bouts of pain. But for a few select people, back problems are so severe they become chronic and debilitating, often requiring surgery. Now a group of

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  8. Getting Rid of That Aching Back

    April 2, 2001 -- Eric Taylor suffered from back pain for almost 30 years. He tried physical therapy, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medicines, and surgery, but nothing worked. His doctor told him he could have steel rods placed in his spine or put up with the pain for the rest of his life. Taylor

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  9. Helping Spinal Injury Patients Breathe Easier

    Feb. 28, 2001 -- In the drive to help spinal injury patients regain lost body functions, researchers continue to design and develop the technology to make it possible.   Researchers demonstrated a major step forward Tuesday, a breathing device that has been surgically implanted into a patient with a

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  10. No Support in Study for Back Belts as Injury Preventers.

    Dec. 5, 2000 -- Back-support belts may be more of a fashion statement than a workplace injury-prevention device, suggest researchers from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. A study of more than 9,000 materials-handling employees from Wal-Mart stores in 30 states found that bac

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