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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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