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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. Heavy Backpacks Can Hurt Students' Backs

    Aug. 13, 2004 - With back-to-school season here, parents and students should make sure heavy backpacks aren't too much of a burden. Shouldering a hefty load can cause back pain, according to a study by researchers at the University of California in Riverside. The study was led by David Siambanes, DO

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  7. Artificial Spinal Disc Nears Approval

    June 3, 2004 -- An expert panel has backed a new artificial disc implant, recommending that the FDA approve it to treat patients with degenerative disc disease in the lower spine. The polyethylene and metal device, called Charité, would be the first permanently implantable artificial disc to come to

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  8. Back Pain Test Not Proof of Spine Trouble

    May 17, 2004 -- Some say disabling back pain with no obvious cause is a spinal disc problem. Some say it's a mental problem. Both may be right. When all else fails to stop lower back pain, doctors consider spinal fusion surgery. To find out exactly where the problem is, they use a process called dis

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  9. Artificial Disc May Relieve Neck, Arm Pain

    March 19, 2004 -- A new type of artificial implant may help relieve the neck and arm pain caused by degenerative cervical disc disease and allow free movement of the neck. New research suggests that a metal-on-metal artificial cervical disc may serve as an effective alternative to spinal fusion for

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  10. Depression Doubles Disabling Back Pain

    March 5, 2004 -- Disabling back pain is twice as likely to come back when a person is depressed. That's the finding from a major study designed to end a major controversy. Earlier studies have split over whether depression affects back pain. Now the relationship is clear, conclude Linda J. Carroll,

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