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  1. Skip the MRI for Low Back Pain?

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Immediate imaging with X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs for patients with acute low back pain is not recommended for all patients, according to new guidelines by the American College of Physicians. The guidelines, which appear in the Feb. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest

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  2. Attitude, Knowledge Can Relieve Back Pain

    July 8, 2010 -- Most adults experience back pain at some point in their lives, but for about one in 10 sufferers the condition is persistent and disabling. It has long been recognized that patients' attitudes and beliefs about their back pain can play a big part in how well their pain is managed. No

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  3. Glucosamine No Help for Low Back Pain

    July 6, 2010 -- The popular supplement glucosamine doesn't help people who have low back pain, a clinical trial finds. The study looked specifically at 250 people with evidence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine. All of the patients had at least some disability because of low back pain, but most we

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  4. New Immune System Clue to Low Back Pain

    June 29, 2010 -- An immune system substance may contribute to causing the low back pain associated with herniated and degenerated discs, according to a new study. "We have identified an immune substance that could start the inflammatory process for disc herniation and disc degeneration," says resear

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  5. Negative Outlook Prolongs Back Pain

    April 6, 2010 -- People who have low back pain may be at increased risk for persistent or disabling symptoms if fear of further injury causes them to avoid physical activity, a new study says. Low back pain accounts for 2% of office visits in the U.S. Most patients who develop low back pain will hav

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  6. Talk Therapy May Treat Low Back Pain

    Feb. 25, 2010 -- A treatment designed to challenge how people with low back pain think about their condition and change their behaviors was shown to have long-term benefits in a newly published study. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) proved more effective than a single session with a health care p

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  7. Antidepressant Cymbalta Eases Back Pain

    Feb. 5, 2010 -- A drug used to treat depression, fibromyalgia, and diabetic nerve pain may also provide relief from hard-to-treat chronic low back pain. A new study shows people with chronic low back pain treated with Cymbalta experienced a significantly greater improvement in average pain scores th

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  8. TENS Gets Thumbs Down as Back Pain Treatment

    Dec. 30, 2009 -- A widely used, somewhat controversial treatment for chronic low back pain is not effective and cannot be recommended, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) now says. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, or TENS, is a pocket-sized, battery-operated device that sends electric

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  9. Bouncing Back From Low Back Pain

    Oct. 6, 2009 -- Got a new case of low back pain? There's a good chance you'll recover completely within a year, a new study shows. That study, published online in BMJ, included 973 people in Sydney, Australia who sought care for a new case of low back pain. The patients were interviewed by phone nin

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  10. Comfrey Root Eases Back Pain

    May 21, 2009 -- People who suffer from acute back pain may find relief in the form of comfrey root, a plant long thought to have medicinal value. A new study, funded by the drug company Merck and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that people with acute back pain who used an

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