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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Bouncing Back From Low Back Pain

    Oct. 6, 2009 -- Got a new case of low back pain? There's a good chance you'll recover completely within a year, a new study shows. That study, published online in BMJ, included 973 people in Sydney, Australia who sought care for a new case of low back pain. The patients were interviewed by phone nin

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  5. Comfrey Root Eases Back Pain

    May 21, 2009 -- People who suffer from acute back pain may find relief in the form of comfrey root, a plant long thought to have medicinal value. A new study, funded by the drug company Merck and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that people with acute back pain who used an

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  6. Acupuncture May Ease Chronic Back Pain

    May 11, 2009 -- The ancient technique of acupuncture helps relieve chronic back pain better than standard care such as medications or physical therapy, according to a new study. Even more surprising, all three acupuncture techniques tested -- including a "sham" technique with toothpicks and no skin

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  7. Hands-On Relief From Back Pain

    April 6, 2009 -- Back pain can be a big pain in the neck. To deal with it, many U.S. adults favor hands-on therapies such as chiropractic manipulation, massage, and physical therapy, a new survey says. Consumer Reports says in its May issue that 80% of adults in the U.S. report having been bothered

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  8. Ozone May Help Herniated Disc Pain

    March 9, 2009 -- An experimental treatment that involves injections of ozone gas into the spine is showing promise for the relief of herniated disc-related lower back pain. Its supporters say ozone therapy could become a standard treatment for the condition within the next five years in the United S

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  9. Obesity a Pain in the Back?

    Feb. 11, 2009 -- The number of Americans suffering from chronic low back pain is on the rise, and a new study says the nation’s obesity epidemic may be partly to blame. In North Carolina, the percentage of people suffering from chronic low back pain has more than doubled since the early 1990s, accor

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  10. Cymbalta May Cut Chronic Low Back Pain

    Aug. 26, 2008 -- Cymbalta, a prescription drug used to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder, diabetic nerve pain, and fibromyalgia, may ease chronic low back pain. That's according to a study presented in Madrid at the 12th congress of the European Federation of the Neurological Sciences.

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