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  1. Back Pain Often Ends Without Surgery

    May 30, 2007 -- For two specific kinds of back and leg pain, back surgery offers the fastest relief -- but those who choose nonsurgical treatments get better, too. Two separate studies reported in this week's New England Journal of Medicine show that surgery is the fastest route to pain relief for t

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  2. Transplanted Spinal Discs Show Promise

    March 22, 2007 -- Hong Kong doctors report successful early results from the world's first spinal disc transplants. The patients -- one woman and four men -- got their disc transplants in 2000 and 2001. They had had herniated discs in the neck. Five years after the transplants, the patients had less

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  3. Steroid Shots for Back Pain Don't Work

    March 5, 2007 -- When it comes to treating chronic back pain with sciatica, epidural steroid injections may only bring small, short-term relief, according to a group of neurology professionals. Sciatica is pain running down the back of the leg, where the sciatic nerve is located. It often accompanie

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  4. Yoga May Help Ease Aching Back

    Dec. 19, 2005 -- Yoga for treating back pain? The next time low back pain sends you to the doctor; you may want to ask for a prescription -- for yoga. A new study suggests that yoga may be more likely to improve back function, ease chronic back pain, and reduce the need for pain medication than conv

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  5. Yoga May Help Ease Aching Back

    Dec. 19, 2005 -- Yoga for treating back pain? The next time low back pain sends you to the doctor; you may want to ask for a prescription -- for yoga. A new study suggests that yoga may be more likely to improve back function, ease chronic back pain, and reduce the need for pain medication than conv

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  6. No Support in Study for Back Belts as Injury Preventers

    Dec. 5, 2000 -- Back-support belts may be more of a fashion statement than a workplace injury-prevention device, suggest researchers from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. A study of more than 9,000 materials-handling employees from Wal-Mart stores in 30 states found that bac

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  7. Psychological Approach Helps Back Pain

    Dec. 22, 2006 -- Most people suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, but people with long-lasting pain often get little relief from the most widely recommended treatments. Now a new research review shows that focusing on the mind may be the best approach to treating the back for many

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  8. Invention May Reduce Backpack Injuries

    Dec. 20, 2006 -- To help prevent backpack injuries, University of Pennsylvania scientists have invented a backpack suspended by bungee cords. Typical backpacks, which don't have bungee cords, rise and fall with your stride. That means extra work for your body, and possibly muscle strain if the backp

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  9. Sit Back, It's Better for Your Back

    Nov. 29, 2006 -- Lean back before reading this; your back may thank you. A new study suggests that sitting upright for hours at a time -- for example, when working at a computer -- may lead to chronic back pain. Instead, the best position for your back is somewhat reclined, sitting at a 135-degree a

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  10. Slipped Disc: Surgery Best for Pain?

    Nov. 21, 2006 -- With time -- and medical help -- slipped disc pain gets better. But disc surgery is faster and works better for bad pain, a large U.S. study finds. The study shows that patients with a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc -- what doctors call a herniated disc --won't get worse or become par

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