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    1. Manual Therapy Eases Neck Pain, Cheaply

      April 24, 2003 - A hands-on approach to treating neck pain by manual therapy may help people get better faster and at a lower cost than more traditional treatments, according to a new study. Neck pain and stiffness is a common health problem, especially among older adults, and affects between 10% an

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    2. Arthritis Drug Relieves Sciatica Pain

      April 23, 2003 -- A drug commonly used to ease the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis may also double as a potential sciatica treatment. A new study shows Remicade (infliximab) effectively reduced leg pain caused by severe sciatica and allowed many suffers to return to normal activities.

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    3. Whiplash Injury Mild, But Frequent

      March 13, 2003 - Whereas whiplash injury often thought lead to severe disability, a new study suggests pain level is no more than seen with other sprains. But experts question these findings -- and suggest that getting the right treatment early may be key. In what is believed to be the first study s

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    4. Surgery Helps Adults With Scoliosis

      Feb. 27, 2003 -- Complex surgery to correct common problems caused by scoliosis or excessive curvature of the spine may provide lasting relief from back pain -- even in older adults. Although corrective spinal surgery is much more complicated in adults than adolescents, a new study shows surgical tr

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. '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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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