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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. New Procedure Effective Against Lower Back Pain

    Oct. 19, 2000 -- For people suffering from chronic low back pain that is not easily diagnosed, there may be hope on the very near horizon. A relatively new procedure known as intradiscal thermal annuloplasty (IDTA) seems to be effective in treating some forms of back pain and may offer a new treatme

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  6. Acupuncture Helps Relieve Pregnancy's Low Back Pain

    July 6, 2000 -- For low back pain during pregnancy, acupuncture may be better than traditional treatment with massage, heat, and exercise, according to a Swedish report in a recent issue of the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. "I'm happy to say that I was wrong about acupunctur

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  7. Pamphlets Won't Help Patients Get Back to Work More Quickly After Back Injury

    June 23, 2000 -- If you've ever had a work injury that resulted in low back pain, you probably knew you weren't going to die, even though you felt like it. If you got a pamphlet in the mail reassuring you that you would recover, and giving you some healthy back tips, would this pamphlet help you get

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  8. Chiropractic Inching Its Way Into the Lives of People Over 55

    May 16, 2000 --More and more baby boomers are paying visits to the chiropractor, at least for mild to moderate problems. According to researchers, chiropractic care is serving as both a substitute for -- and a supplement to -- medical care. Results of a study of more than 800 patients showed that mo

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  9. Deadly Poison Helps Low Back Pain

    May 3, 2000 (San Diego) -- What doesn't kill you apparently does make you stronger -- or, at least, keeps your back from hurting. Doctors at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology here report that by injecting tiny amounts of a deadly poison into the muscles along the spine, they can relax t

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  10. Low Back Pain Is Inevitable, Expert Says

    Moreover, a backache is rarely a once-in-a-lifetime event, says Deyo, who is a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. And although the annual price tag for low back pain is estimated at $50 billion, Deyo says much of that is spent on unnecessary treatments. He says that l

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