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  1. Medications for Low Back Pain

    About one in four Americans has experienced low back pain within the past three months, making it one of the most common types of pain and the most frequent cause of disability in adults under 45. Although pain medication can’t actually heal a back injury, it can relieve pain and open a window for o

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  2. Managing Your Back Pain at Home

    If you got up this morning and thought, “Ugh, my back hurts,” you’re not alone. About one in five Americans reports having experienced back pain at least once during the previous month.  So, should you go to the doctor? Not necessarily. Most low back pain resolves on its own within about four to six

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  3. When to See Your Doctor About Back Pain

    How do you know when that achy pain in your back is more than you can handle alone? Experts agree -- if your back pain is in conjunction with any of the following symptoms, skip the at-home remedies for in-office help.  There are several red flags that doctors look for when evaluating low back pain.

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  4. Emotional Aspects of Low Back Pain

    You can eat a healthy diet, exercise religiously, and follow every single one of your doctor's recommendations -- but no matter how healthy or well-conditioned your body may be, at some point, your lower back is almost destined to cause you problems. For most people, low back pain is just a minor an

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  5. Top Causes of Chronic Low Back Pain

    It's hard to find any part of Elin Laird's life that hasn't been touched by pain. "I can't stand for too long. I can't sit for too long. Pretty much if I'm at home, I'm lying in bed," says the 39-year-old single mother. "I can't be as active in my son's life. I can't travel as much. I've lost so muc

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  6. Relieving Back Pain May Help the Brain

    May 18, 2011 -- Chronic lower back pain doesn't just hurt. It also appears to cause thinning of certain regions of the brain, which may lead to cognitive impairments, a study shows. Researchers studying the link between pain and such thinning had hoped that successfully treating back pain would halt

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  7. Back Pain May Be Inherited

    Feb. 4, 2011 -- If you suffer from persistent low back pain, your genes may bear some of the blame. Just like eye color and baldness, the likelihood of developing low back pain from disc disease may be inherited, a new study shows. When researchers analyzed health and family history data for 2 milli

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  8. Skip the MRI for Low Back Pain?

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Immediate imaging with X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs for patients with acute low back pain is not recommended for all patients, according to new guidelines by the American College of Physicians. The guidelines, which appear in the Feb. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest

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  9. Attitude, Knowledge Can Relieve Back Pain

    July 8, 2010 -- Most adults experience back pain at some point in their lives, but for about one in 10 sufferers the condition is persistent and disabling. It has long been recognized that patients' attitudes and beliefs about their back pain can play a big part in how well their pain is managed. No

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  10. Glucosamine No Help for Low Back Pain

    July 6, 2010 -- The popular supplement glucosamine doesn't help people who have low back pain, a clinical trial finds. The study looked specifically at 250 people with evidence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine. All of the patients had at least some disability because of low back pain, but most we

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