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Some medications don't help back pain as much as we thought

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Back pain is remarkably common. Itís estimated that up to 80% of people will seek medical attention for back pain at some point in their lives. And itís not just common ó itís a major cause of suffering, disability, and missed work. And, itís expensive. According to a 2008 study, we spend about $86 billion a year on spine pain (including back and neck…

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