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The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort Most people with low back pain aren’t getting the most effective treatment. from shutterstock.com Sandra Grace, Southern Cross University; Roger Mark Engel, Macquarie University, and Subramanyam R Vemulpad, Macquarie University Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is becoming more common as our population ages. Most people who have an episode of low back pain recover within six weeks, but […]

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Why do we get muscle cramps?

Health check: why do we get muscle cramps? Some people experience cramps frequently after vigorous, high-intensity exercise. from shutterstock.com Alan Hayes, Victoria University Many of us know the feeling of a cramp – whether you’ve been struck down on the sports field or woken with a start in excruciating pain in the middle of the night. A cramp is the involuntary contraction of our skeletal muscle, and it hurts. Some people often experience cramps after vigorous, high-intensity exercise, but there […]

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