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  1. Backaches May Be in Your Genes

    April 11, 2001 -- "Oh! My aching back!" It's one complaint that nearly all of humankind has in common. Many people just live with it, putting up with bouts of pain. But for a few select people, back problems are so severe they become chronic and debilitating, often requiring surgery. Now a group of

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  2. Helping Spinal Injury Patients Breathe Easier

    Feb. 28, 2001 -- In the drive to help spinal injury patients regain lost body functions, researchers continue to design and develop the technology to make it possible.   Researchers demonstrated a major step forward Tuesday, a breathing device that has been surgically implanted into a patient with a

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  3. 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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  4. New Procedure Effective Against Lower Back Pain

    Oct. 19, 2000 -- For people suffering from chronic low back pain that is not easily diagnosed, there may be hope on the very near horizon. A relatively new procedure known as intradiscal thermal annuloplasty (IDTA) seems to be effective in treating some forms of back pain and may offer a new treatme

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  5. Acupuncture Helps Relieve Pregnancy's Low Back Pain

    July 6, 2000 -- For low back pain during pregnancy, acupuncture may be better than traditional treatment with massage, heat, and exercise, according to a Swedish report in a recent issue of the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. "I'm happy to say that I was wrong about acupunctur

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  6. Pamphlets Won't Help Patients Get Back to Work More Quickly After Back Injury

    June 23, 2000 -- If you've ever had a work injury that resulted in low back pain, you probably knew you weren't going to die, even though you felt like it. If you got a pamphlet in the mail reassuring you that you would recover, and giving you some healthy back tips, would this pamphlet help you get

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  7. Chiropractic Inching Its Way Into the Lives of People Over 55

    May 16, 2000 --More and more baby boomers are paying visits to the chiropractor, at least for mild to moderate problems. According to researchers, chiropractic care is serving as both a substitute for -- and a supplement to -- medical care. Results of a study of more than 800 patients showed that mo

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  8. Deadly Poison Helps Low Back Pain

    May 3, 2000 (San Diego) -- What doesn't kill you apparently does make you stronger -- or, at least, keeps your back from hurting. Doctors at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology here report that by injecting tiny amounts of a deadly poison into the muscles along the spine, they can relax t

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  9. Low Back Pain Is Inevitable, Expert Says

    Moreover, a backache is rarely a once-in-a-lifetime event, says Deyo, who is a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. And although the annual price tag for low back pain is estimated at $50 billion, Deyo says much of that is spent on unnecessary treatments. He says that l

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  10. A Pain in the Neck -- Or Just a Pain?

    April 14, 2000 (Atlanta) -- "Car crash + whiplash = cold cash," a Canadian law firm advertises. But money can't explain the 10% of whiplash patients who suffer long-lasting neck pain -- and neither can doctors. Whiplash is a neck injury that most often happens to people riding in cars that are unexp

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