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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Exercise, Return to Activity Helps Back Pain

    June 9, 2005 -- Low back pain is one of the most common and difficult-to-treat medical complaints among adults. Treatment often includes physical therapy, but new research shows that a hands-off educational and behavioral approach to pain management works just as well. Researchers say people in the

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  4. Treating Low Back Pain: Surgery, Rehab Equal?

    May 23, 2005 -- Living with chronic low back pain? A British study says surgery and intensive rehabilitation may be equally good options. "Patients with low back pain who are considered by surgeons to be candidates for spinal fusion may obtain similar benefits from an intensive rehabilitation progra

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  5. Exercise Helps Long-Term, Not Acute, Back Pain

    May 2, 2005 -- Is exercise for low back pain worth the gain? Yes, studies show -- but only for long-term low back pain. Different doctors recommend different exercises for different patients. What works? Jill A. Hayden, DC, of Canada's Institute for Work & Health, led a team that analyzed studies ev

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  6. Innovative Physical Therapy Relieves Back Pain

    April 14, 2005 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- An innovative physical therapy technique may relieve back pain even when all other treatments fail. The technique, called Souchard's global postural re-education -- or GPR for short -- employs a series of gentle movements to realign spinal column joints and stre

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  7. Surgery Often Won't Cure Back Pain

    Feb. 25, 2005 -- Surgery for back pain is not the cure-all that many patients believe it to be, say orthopaedic experts. Many patients who seek surgery for chronic back pain have other health problems, and failing to take them into account limits the usefulness of back surgery, they say. And the mor

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  8. 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 11

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  9. 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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  10. 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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