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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Alexander Technique Eases Back Pain

    Aug. 19, 2008 -- The Alexander technique, a little-known type of physical therapy designed to reduce chronic pain, is more effective at reducing back pain than exercise alone or massage therapy, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal BMJ, tested different back pain treatments

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  6. Relieve Back Pain With Core Strength Training

    Pierce Dunn thought surgery had put an end to nearly 15 years of back pain. After a double discectomy about eight years ago, he says, "I could wake up in the morning without worrying that I wouldn't be able to get out of bed. I became a human being again!" Feeling revitalized, Dunn, now 57, a partne

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  7. Soft Bed or Hard Bed for Back Pain?

    April 3, 2008 -- If Goldilocks had lower back pain, she'd still prefer the bed that was just right. It's one of the most common questions back pain patients ask. Which is better -- Daddy Bear's hard mattress or Mommy Bear's soft one? Kim Bergholdt, DC, of Denmark's Funen Back Center, and colleagues

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  8. Surgery an Option for Spinal Stenosis

    Feb. 20, 2008 -- Surgery is more effective than other treatments for one of the most common causes of serious back pain in older adults, new research shows. About 400,000 Americans over the age of 60 suffer from spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows, pinching the nerves within

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  9. $86 Billion Spent on Back, Neck Pain

    Feb. 12, 2008 -- More U.S. health care dollars are spent treating back and neck pain than almost any other medical condition, but much of that money may be wasted, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, found that the nation's dramatic rise in expenditures for

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  10. Acute Back Pain: Spine Therapy No Help

    Nov. 8, 2007 -- If you've come down with low back pain but stay active and take a mild painkiller, you won't get any extra relief from spinal manipulative therapy, a new study suggests. That's not what physiotherapist Mark J. Hancock, MAappSc, and colleagues at the University of Sydney, Australia, h

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