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Do I use heat or ice for my low back?

  You should use heat when you have lower back pain. This is the current recommendation of the treatment guidelines for acute low back pain by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians. Previously, ice was recommended for low back pain. This is because a “sports medicine” approach was applied to the low […]

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Back pain often fades without treatment

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints, affecting more than one in four adults every year, and a popular reason for physician visits. But most people recover from back pain whether they are treated medically or not, says Wolf Mehling, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. […]

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Should you skip the MRI?

  If you head to the doctor with low back pain, you may be sent for magnetic resonance imaging to look for spinal abnormalities that could be triggering your discomfort. But the American College of Physicians and other physician groups have launched a campaign to end routine imaging for low back pain because there’s no […]

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ASK THE EXPERT: Common causes for back pain

I agree with some of what this expert says…….. Q: What are common causes for back pain? A: Back pain is often caused by: » Strained muscles and ligaments. » From improper or heavy lifting. » After a sudden movement or twist. Q: What can I do at home to help relieve back pain? A: […]

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What’s Best for Back Pain

Anyone who has ever suffered with low back pain will tell you it is not to be taken lightly.  It can range from an ache that frustrates and limits you from doing the things that are important to you, to a crippling, disabling pain that holds your life hostage.  Back pain affects about 1 out of every 4 U.S. adults(1) *.  It’s costly.  Low back pain […]

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Myth Buster Back Pain Exercise and Pain Relief

Exercise and working out are things some of us take for granted. For people who have back pain, they may be a little nervous about it. Myth: Exercise is bad for your back. “That’s false,” says Dr. Jonathan Carmouche, an orthopaedic doctor at Carilion Clinic. “Exercise is often used as treatment for exacerbations of back […]

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Home Care for Lower Back Pain

If you got up this morning and thought, “Ugh, my back hurts,” you’re not alone. About one in five Americans reports having experienced back pain at least once during the previous month. So, should you go to the doctor? Not necessarily. Most low back pain resolves on its own within about four to six weeks, […]

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Smoking Linked with Chronic Pain

Smokers are much more likely to report problems with persistent musculoskeletal pain than non-smokers, according to a new study reported in the Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, www.ampainsoc.org. Researchers from the University of Kentucky School of Public Health surveyed more than 6000 women participating in the Kentucky Women’s Health Registry, which […]

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Most X-Rays, Scans Unnecessary for Acute Low Back Pain

 X-rays, CT scans and MRIs may be routinely ordered for people with low back pain, but often these tests are unnecessary, suggests new guidance from the American College of Physicians. What’s more, these imaging tests have the potential to cause harm by exposing people to unnecessary radiation and by uncovering abnormalities — such as a […]

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