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  1. Docs Order Too Many Narcotics for Back Pain: Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors ignore guidelines about the treatment of back pain and instead turn to extensive use of scans like MRIs and the most addictive types of painkillers, new research finds. It's not clear exactly how many aren't followi

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  2. Steroid Injections for Back Pain: Fracture Risk?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who get steroid injections to ease lower back and leg pain may have increased odds of suffering a spine fracture, a new study suggests. It's not clear, however, whether the treatment is to blame, according to experts.

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  3. ED Tied to Long-Term Narcotic Use in Men

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a man, the pain-killing medications known as opioids may do more than relieve pain -- they may also put a damper on your sex life. A new study found that men who were prescribed medications for erectile dysfunction o

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  4. Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain Symptoms

    May 10,  2013 -- Taking antibiotics could relieve symptoms of chronic lower back pain for up to 40% of people, according to a new study. Danish researchers say they've found a link between many cases of back pain and infection from bacteria. Some experts have questioned how many people are likely to

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  5. Stem Cells to Relieve Low Back Pain?

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Medical researchers are trying a new treatment for low back pain. Their hope is that harvesting and then re-injecting the body's own bone marrow -- which is rich in stem cells -- may repair worn-out discs in the spine. In a sm

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  6. 12 Ways to Improve Back Pain

    Like the nearly 80% of Americans who will experience a back problem during their lifetime, Beverly Hayes suffers from back pain. For many, the injury is triggered by a strenuous activity, like gardening or weight lifting. Others simply bend down to pick up a pencil and their back gives out. “It felt

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  7. Hands-On Treatment May Help Low Back Pain

    March 19, 2013 -- People with low back pain may benefit from a hands-on treatment known as osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) more than they do from ultrasound therapy. A new study suggests that OMT leads to short-term pain relief for these patients. During OMT an osteopath will move your muscles and

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  8. Spine MRIs Often Show Harmless 'Defects': Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Even though expensive MRIs produce very detailed images for assessing back pain, they may not be very good at evaluating results after treatment, research suggests. Many physicians order an MRI before and after treatment of

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  9. Find the Right Treatment for Your Back Pain

    What will help your back pain? There are a lot of choices. Your best plan depends on your specific case. For instance, has your back been hurting for a couple of days, or a long time? Did it start with an obvious injury, or are you not really sure what happened? Are you basically healthy, or do you

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  10. What's Making Your Back Hurt?

    When you've got back pain, one of the best questions you can ask is, "Why is it happening?" That can be the first step to helping the problem. Common causes for back pain include: Muscle and ligament injuries. These are the most common causes of back pain. Shoveling snow or helping a friend move her

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