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Is Lower Back Pain in the Genes?

Question: Is lower back pain an inherited condition? My mother has significant degeneration in her lumbar spine. Does that mean I am destined to also? Answer: Lower back pain affects two out of three individuals at some point in their life and is the second most common reason for a visit to a primary care […]

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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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Does inversion therapy ease back pain?

    Inversion therapy doesn’t provide lasting relief from back pain, and it’s not safe for everyone. Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down, and the head-down position could be risky for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma. In theory, inversion therapy takes gravitational pressure off the nerve roots and disks in your […]

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Position yourself for pain-free posture

  As summer holidays come to an end, many people are now back to spending hours hunched over a keyboard, pounding out letters and numbers, slouched over a steering wheel in rush-hour traffic and stooped under the weight of heavy backpacks full of books. With such activities conducive to poor posture comes upper-back and neck-tension […]

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Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain

  Do you feel those aches and pains in your lower back from time to time? Do you feel stiff in your back getting out of a chair after sitting for awhile? Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. The actual cause of low back […]

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Exhausted? How to get the best night’s sleep

    Best option:Flat on your back with your arms by your sides and your legs out straight. Make sure you use a low pillow. High or multiple pillows can compromise neck alignment no matter how you position your body. This can result in neck, shoulder and back pain, as well as headaches and potentially […]

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Specific exercises can ease sciatica pain

Nerves of right leg, anterior and posterior aspects (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Evidently this person has had sciatic pain for 3 months! Q: I have had sciatica since April 1, and it has really been and still is painful. I have tried swimming at the Y, massage and taking acetaminophen 500 milligrams three times a day […]

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