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  1. New Immune System Clue to Low Back Pain

    June 29, 2010 -- An immune system substance may contribute to causing the low back pain associated with herniated and degenerated discs, according to a new study. "We have identified an immune substance that could start the inflammatory process for disc herniation and disc degeneration," says resear

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  2. Alternative Approaches to Low Back Pain

    Have you ever had back pain? If so, you're not alone.  About 8 out of every 10 people have acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting) back pain at some point in their lives. Most acute back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies. But sometimes it does

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  3. Negative Outlook Prolongs Back Pain

    April 6, 2010 -- People who have low back pain may be at increased risk for persistent or disabling symptoms if fear of further injury causes them to avoid physical activity, a new study says. Low back pain accounts for 2% of office visits in the U.S. Most patients who develop low back pain will hav

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  4. Talk Therapy May Treat Low Back Pain

    Feb. 25, 2010 -- A treatment designed to challenge how people with low back pain think about their condition and change their behaviors was shown to have long-term benefits in a newly published study. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) proved more effective than a single session with a health care p

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  5. How to Wreck Your Back

    For many people, back pain seems like an unavoidable discomfort. But you may have more control than you think. You can wreck your back in any number of ways, but a few major offenders stand out: Not stretching, not paying attention to your movements, and years of wear and tear, says Nick Shamie, MD,

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  6. Antidepressant Cymbalta Eases Back Pain

    Feb. 5, 2010 -- A drug used to treat depression, fibromyalgia, and diabetic nerve pain may also provide relief from hard-to-treat chronic low back pain. A new study shows people with chronic low back pain treated with Cymbalta experienced a significantly greater improvement in average pain scores th

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  7. TENS Gets Thumbs Down as Back Pain Treatment

    Dec. 30, 2009 -- A widely used, somewhat controversial treatment for chronic low back pain is not effective and cannot be recommended, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) now says. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, or TENS, is a pocket-sized, battery-operated device that sends electric

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  8. The Truth About Back Surgery

    By Toni Gerber Hope & Susan Ince Of the 56 million Americans who have back pain, only 5 percent need surgery. Here's how to protect yourself and find relief that really works.   There's an old joke in medicine: A man goes to the doctor because he has a miserable cold. His doctor prescribes some pill

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  9. Back Pain: Finding the Right Doctor

    Start with your primary-care physician; back pain is so common that most family docs have seen lots of it. Your PCP is also a good person to return to if, later, you get conflicting treatment advice from specialists. He or she can help you evaluate what would be your best next step.   Physiatrists (

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  10. What Is Your Back Pain Telling You?

    You may have heard that it's our body's way of sending us a message. But when back pain first arrives, what it tells you may not be the truth -- or, at least, not the whole story.   What you think: "I need tests to find out what's going on" The reality: You can feel better without seeing the doctor

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