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  1. A Pain in the Neck -- Or Just a Pain?

    April 14, 2000 (Atlanta) -- "Car crash + whiplash = cold cash," a Canadian law firm advertises. But money can't explain the 10% of whiplash patients who suffer long-lasting neck pain -- and neither can doctors. Whiplash is a neck injury that most often happens to people riding in cars that are unexp

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  2. Do Magnets Help Relieve Low Back Pain?

    March 7, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Treating people with chronic low back pain with one particular type of magnet did not help relieve the patients' pain, a study in the March 8 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association reports. But experts say that much more research is needed on magnet the

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  3. Exercise Helps Reduce Lower-Back Pain

    Jan. 4, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Low-impact aerobics can reduce chronic low-back pain just as effectively as physical therapy or an exercise program of weight lifting and exercise machines, according to a Swiss study published in the December issue of the journal Spine. "The main finding of the current s

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  4. Many Lower Back Problems a Consequence of Body Shape -- Except Among Smokers

    Dec. 28, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Personal characteristics are most often to blame for lower back pain, rather than strenuous labor, concludes a new study from the United Kingdom. However, another new study, this one from Canada, shows that at least one physical act can cause lower back pain, especially in

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  5. Osteopathic Medicine Gaining Acceptance

    Dec. 6, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Overcoming a lack of acceptance by the established medical profession, osteopathic medicine is gaining credibility and is proving to be a low-cost alternative for lower back pain. However, according to the November/December issue of the journal Archives of Family Medicine,

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  6. Effectiveness of Back Surgery May Depend on Patient's Mental State

    Nov 18, 1999 (Baltimore) -- People with 'slipped discs' in their lower back are more likely to be dissatisfied with their surgical results if they are very depressed or anxious before undergoing back surgery, according to a recent study by Swedish researchers. Therefore, the study investigators advi

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  7. Majority of Lower Back Surgeries Are Successful

    Nov. 4, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Most people experience low back pain at one time or another. In fact, Kansas University Medical Center researchers estimate 75% of all people will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is the second leading cause of absenteeism from work, after the com

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  8. Majority of Lower Back Surgeries Are Successful.

    Nov. 4, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Most people experience low back pain at one time or another. In fact, Kansas University Medical Center researchers estimate 75% of all people will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is the second leading cause of absenteeism from work, after the com

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