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For Back Pain, Try Non-Drug Measures First

For Back Pain, Try Non-Drug Measures First

Back pain is the most common kind of chronic pain. It’s also a near-ubiquitous form of acute, short-lived pain after a minor injury, a bit too much exercise, lifting something the wrong way, a stressful day at the computer or an encounter with a bad bed. In one survey, a…

Yoga May Provide Relief for Low Back Pain

Yoga May Provide Relief for Low Back Pain

If you suffer from low back pain, you may want to skip the pain relievers and try yoga for pain relief and increased back functioning. A recent analysis of 12 studies encompassing more than 1,000 participants with lower back pain compared yoga to physical therapy or patient education. Compared to…

NSAID Painkillers Ineffective for Back Pain and Have GI Side Effects

NSAID Painkillers Ineffective for Back Pain and Have GI Side Effects

If you have a backache and you reach for an Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen) or aspirin, chances are those drugs are not going to help you much, according to a new study. Only about 1 in 6 people that take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) actually feel any benefit from…

Exercise Rx Plus Education Alleviates Lower-Back Pain

Exercise Rx Plus Education Alleviates Lower-Back Pain

Exercise, especially when combined with education, was shown to help reduce lower-back pain. Exercise reduced the risk of lower-back pain episodes by 35% and the risk of sick leave over lower-back pain by 78%. When exercise was combined with education, the risk reduction for the prevention of episodes for up…

Pain in the Back

Pain in the Back

Most of the 56 million Americans who suffer from chronic low back pain are told to just take acetaminophen. The problem? It does little to relieve their discomfort. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal bears this out: Researchers concluded that Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen were no…

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