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Many Suffer From Back Pain, but There's Good News

December 04, 1987|Associated Press

ATLANTA — Lower back pain, a common symptom of arthritis-related diseases, affects 80 percent of all adults at some point in their lives, says Arthritis Today magazine.

There is good news, however, about such pain.

The magazine says that new findings show:

-- There is a 70 percent chance of recovery from lower back pain within two weeks and a 95 percent chance of full recovery within three months.

-- Rehabilitation exercises and fitness training can reduce the risk of another back injury by 90 percent.

-- One instance of back pain doesn't necessarily mean the problem will become chronic.

Most back problems are unwittingly self-inflicted and most lower back pain is avoidable, it says.

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