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Heres something completely different for low back pain

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Itís a question that has challenged generations of patients and their doctors. The answer has changed over the years. When I was in medical school in the early 1980s, bedrest for a week or more was often recommended for severe back pain. This sometimes included hospital admission. Then, research demonstrated that prolonged bedrest was actually a bad idea. It was no better (and often…

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