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Low Back Pain Usually Can Be Managed Without Surgery

Low Back Pain Usually Can Be Managed Without Surgery July 27, 2012 Dear Mayo Clinic: What treatment options are available for low back pain? Who's a good candidate for surgery? Answer: A variety of treatments are available for low back pain. In most cases, back pain is best managed without [...]

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Devices Help Reduce Severe, Chronic Nerve Pain

ROCHESTER, Minn. — September 20, 2012.  When severe chronic nerve pain doesn't respond to medication, surgery or physical therapy, implanted devices may provide relief, according to the September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. In one type of device, electrical pulses are directed along a nerve to block or override [...]

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Spinal Stenosis Could be the Source of Persistent Back Pain

ROCHESTER, Minn. — When back pain is persistent or slowly worsens, spinal stenosis may be the culprit, according to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing in one or more areas of the spine. Different types of problems can reduce the space within the [...]

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Ultrasound, Back Pain and Pregnancy: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we learn how ultrasound is being used to help women with post-pregnancy back pain. To listen, click the link below. Ultrasound Back Pain

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Treating Cervical Disk Disease

In this Medical Edge episode, Dr. William Krauss discusses treatments for a common back aliment. To listen, click the link below. Treating Cervical Disk Disease

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What is Lumbar Disk Disease

There are lots of ways to injure you back, and they can all be very painful.  In this Medical Edge Radio episode, Mayo Clinic Dr. William Krauss outlines lumbar disk disease. To listen, click the link below. What is Lumbar Disk Disease

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Marathon After Back Surgery

Lower back pain is very common. If you lift, bend or twist wrong, you can pull a muscle, pinch a nerve or even cause a herniated disc. Many times those injuries will get better on their own. Sometimes you need surgery. Here's a story about a woman with debilitating back [...]

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Monday's Housecall

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Work-life balance: Tips to reclaim control Work-life balance can reduce stress and restore harmony to your life. Find out how. 7 signs and symptoms not to ignore Consider signs and symptoms that merit medical attention, from weight loss to flashes of light. EXPERT ANSWERS Flu vaccine: [...]

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Mayo Clinic Offering New "MRI-Safe" Pain-Blocking Device

Mayo Clinic is now offering chronic pain sufferers a new, implantable pain-blocking device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — that is safe for full-body MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scanners. The device is an advancement on neurostimulation technology that's been is use for decades, but has been denied many patients who would likely need ongoing [...]

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On Saturday, July 6, we will rebroadcast a previous program featuring Tracy Harrison, M.D., and Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., L.P., discussing something more than 50 million Americans suffer from: chronic pain.  What can you do if chronic pain is interfering with your life?  Do you need to see a specialist?  We hope you’ll listen. Follow #mayoradio and tweet [...]

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On Saturday, June 29, Randy Shelerud, M.D., will join us to discuss  back pain. Who’s a candidate for surgery?  Why are smoking and obesity bad for your back?  We’ll learn the correct way to lift heavy objects and find out about the best back pain medication. MYTH OR MATTER OF FACT:  Firmer mattresses are [...]

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Top List of Reasons People Go To the Doctor

A new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study shows people most often visit health care providers because of skin issues, joint disorders and back pain.    Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., says, "Much research already has focused on chronic conditions, which account for the majority of health care utilization and costs in middle-aged and older adults. We were interested [...]

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Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling

Shoveling snow can provide good exercise when done correctly but can prove harmful if people try to take on more than they can handle or use faulty techniques. Here are some tips from physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System for injury-free snow shoveling: • If you're inactive and have a [...]

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Pregnancy and Low Back Pain: New Ultrasound Treatment for Physical Therapy

Many women experience low back pain during pregnancy. Kathy Cieslak, a physical therapist in Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation says, "Pregnancy-related back pain affects between 50 and 75 percent of all women. Our goal is to identify the potential source of the pain and help women return safely to [...]

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