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  1. Chronic Back Pain May Shrink the Brain

      Nov. 19, 2004 -- If you're one of the millions of people with chronic back pain, scientists say your brain may age up to 20 times faster than normal. In the first study of its kind, researchers from Northwestern University have found that chronic back pain actually shrinks the brain by as much as

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  2. Mild Back Pain: Advice as Good as Therapy

    Sept. 23, 2004 -- Routine physical therapy is no better at relieving mild to moderate back pain than good advice from a therapist on how to remain active, a new study shows. "Remain as active as possible and take up some form of regular exercise, such as walking or swimming," says study researcher a

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  3. Alternative Approaches to Low Back Pain

    Has your back been bothering you for months -- or years -- and still you and your doctor haven't been able to figure out why? You're not alone. Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in America, according to the National Institutes of Health, and costs about $50 billion a year

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  4. Alternative Approaches to Low Back Pain

    Has your back been bothering you for months -- or years -- and still you and your doctor haven't been able to figure out why? You're not alone. Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in America, according to the National Institutes of Health, and costs about $50 billion a year

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  5. Heavy Backpacks Can Hurt Students' Backs

    Aug. 13, 2004 - With back-to-school season here, parents and students should make sure heavy backpacks aren't too much of a burden. Shouldering a hefty load can cause back pain, according to a study by researchers at the University of California in Riverside. The study was led by David Siambanes, DO

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  6. Back Pain: Medication and Addiction

    In the last few years, everyone's heard about the apparent epidemic of prescription drug addiction, especially to narcotic painkillers. We see human-interest stories on the news about regular folks getting hooked on OxyContin or Vicodin. Every few months, it seems, we get another news release from a

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  7. Back Exercises to Wow Them Coming and Going

    Whether you're looking to strengthen your back to help with pain or just to look and feel better, experts say back exercises are a big part of the game. According to the CDC, back pain is the leading cause of disability and missed work in the U.S. and results in $50 billion annually in costs. With e

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  8. Low Back Pain Shouldn't Sideline You

    Many Penn State alumni fondly remember David K., now 34, as the student who crawled to class. Mired by back pain throughout his four years of college, David saw tons of doctors from top neurosurgeons to psychologists for the pain. Instead of listening to the popular college music of his day like REM

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  9. Artificial Spinal Disc Nears Approval

    June 3, 2004 -- An expert panel has backed a new artificial disc implant, recommending that the FDA approve it to treat patients with degenerative disc disease in the lower spine. The polyethylene and metal device, called Charité, would be the first permanently implantable artificial disc to come to

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  10. Back Pain Test Not Proof of Spine Trouble

    May 17, 2004 -- Some say disabling back pain with no obvious cause is a spinal disc problem. Some say it's a mental problem. Both may be right. When all else fails to stop lower back pain, doctors consider spinal fusion surgery. To find out exactly where the problem is, they use a process called dis

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