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  1. Hands-On Treatment May Help Low Back Pain

    March 19, 2013 -- People with low back pain may benefit from a hands-on treatment known as osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) more than they do from ultrasound therapy. A new study suggests that OMT leads to short-term pain relief for these patients. During OMT an osteopath will move your muscles and

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  2. Spine MRIs Often Show Harmless 'Defects': Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Even though expensive MRIs produce very detailed images for assessing back pain, they may not be very good at evaluating results after treatment, research suggests. Many physicians order an MRI before and after treatment of

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  3. FDA Finds Mold, Germs at Compounding Pharmacy

    Oct. 26, 2012 -- "Greenish black foreign matter" in supposedly sterile drug vials. Germs growing in steroid vials supposedly tested for sterility. Mold growing in the "clean room" where drug vials were filled. These are just some of the observations made during an FDA inspection of New England Compo

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  4. Back Pain? Steroid Shots May Raise Fracture Risk

    Oct. 25, 2012 -- Steroid injections to the spine were widely considered to be safe before being linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that by mid-week had killed 24 people in 17 states. But a study out today raises new concerns about the injections that are used to treat millions of back pain s

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  5. Many Medical Tests, Procedures Not Always Needed

    April 5, 2012 -- Major medical and consumer groups are coming together to question the carte blanche use of many commonly ordered tests and procedures, including MRI for low back pain and exercise EKG tests in people with no symptoms and low risk for heart disease. Sometimes these tests can be lifes

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  6. Experimental Treatment May Help Relieve Back Pain

    Dec. 1, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental treatment that involves spinal injections of ozone gas and steroids relieved pain in over two-thirds of 327 people with back problems related to a herniated disc. This condition occurs when the cushions, or discs, that serve as shock absorbers for the spine

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  7. Yoga, Stretching May Ease Lower Back Pain

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Practicing yoga or intensive stretching may improve chronic lower back pain and reduce the need for pain medications. A new study shows 12 weeks of weekly yoga classes improved back function and reduced symptoms in people with chronic lower back pain. The pain reduction continued si

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  8. Study: Massage Helps Treat Low Back Pain

    July 5, 2011 -- Massage may be serious medicine, at least when it comes to treating persistent low back pain, a new study shows. Low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention in the U.S., and it is notoriously tough to treat. Studies show very few medical therapies, from medi

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  9. Relieving Back Pain May Help the Brain

    May 18, 2011 -- Chronic lower back pain doesn't just hurt. It also appears to cause thinning of certain regions of the brain, which may lead to cognitive impairments, a study shows. Researchers studying the link between pain and such thinning had hoped that successfully treating back pain would halt

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  10. Back Pain May Be Inherited

    Feb. 4, 2011 -- If you suffer from persistent low back pain, your genes may bear some of the blame. Just like eye color and baldness, the likelihood of developing low back pain from disc disease may be inherited, a new study shows. When researchers analyzed health and family history data for 2 milli

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