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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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 pills,

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    5. 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 Yo

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    6. 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 (ph

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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