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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. '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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    4. 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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    5. Hands-on Approach Best for Neck Pain

      -->May 20, 2002 -- A popular but little-studied method of easing neck pain by moving the patient's neck in specific ways may be more effective than traditional physical therapy or a physician's care. A new study shows manual therapy -- practiced in the U.S. by chiropractors, osteopaths, and some phy

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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