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    1. 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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    2. $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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    3. 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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    4. Low Back Pain: Many Options for Relief

      Oct. 1, 2007 -- People who suffer low back pain have high odds of finding relief without surgery, an expert panel says. The panel, made up of experts from the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians, has released guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. The g

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    5. Study: Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain

      Sept. 24, 2007 -- Acupuncture proved to be more effective than conventional lower back pain treatments in a new study, but it was no more effective than a sham needle procedure. The German study compared outcomes among 1,162 patients with chronic low back pain treated with traditional Chinese acupun

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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