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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Andre Agassi's Battle With Back Pain

    On Sept. 3, as he said goodbye to his fans at the U.S. Open, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi dabbed away tears. His lower lip quivered while he spoke, his voice on the verge of breaking during the minute-long farewell. "You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I

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  4. Back Pain: Women Often Blame Their Bra

    Oct. 4, 2006 -- A new poll shows that for many women, bras are a pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. The online poll was conducted in August by Harris Interactive for the nonprofit North American Spine Society and the bra company Maidenform. More than 1,300 women participated in the poll. Fifty-n

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  5. Acupuncture Eases Lower Back Pain

    Sept. 14, 2006 -- Acupuncture can provide long-lasting benefits to low back pain sufferers, and is a cost effective treatment, according to new research from the U.K. Patients treated with 10 sessions of acupuncture over three months reported less pain at a 24-month follow-up than patients who did n

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  6. 3 Herbal Medicines May Ease Back Pain

    April 18, 2006 -- The herbal medicines devil's claw, white willow bark, and cayenne might reduce back pain , according to a new research review. But the review's authors aren't recommending those herbal remedies. Instead, they say more work is needed to sort out the risks and benefits of the herbal

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  7. Hands-On Therapy Helps Low Back Pain

    Feb. 16, 2006 -- A hands-on approach to healing used in China for thousands of years was found to be more effective in reducing low back pain than standard physical therapy in a new study from Taiwan. Like its better-known counterpart acupuncture, acupressure involves targeting specific points throu

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  8. Heat Wrap May Help Back Pain

    Jan. 23, 2006 -- About half of all working-age Americans experience low back pain in any given year, costing the U.S. economy between $20 and $50 billion annually in lost productivity. But an over-the-counter approach to controlling back pain just may help get some of these people back to work quick

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  9. VAX-D: Treating Back Pain Without Surgery

    Before a sudden onset of excruciating back pain left him barely able to stand, retired internist Ernie Reiner, MD, was busy volunteering at a health clinic in Tampa, Fla., and improving his golf and tennis game. After several tests showed a herniated disk and lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spine

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  10. Doctors Overly Optimistic About Back Surgery

    June 15, 2005 -- Surgeons tend to be "overly optimistic" when they counsel patients about the benefits of back surgery, a new study shows. Almost 40% of patients in the study reported virtually no difference in back pain back pain one year after having back surgery. But prior to surgery almost all o

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