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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 1996
I have had chronic low-back pain, with occasional flare-ups of worse pain, for at least five years. Examinations by my doctor and the tests he ordered have not found a herniated disk or any other obvious cause for the problem. I would be interested in any suggestions you might have to relieve my discomfort.The agency for Health Care Policy and Research has published guidelines for adults with low-back problems. These guidelines describe some common treatments that don't work and some that do and include some advice on how to carry out everyday activities in ways that may help to reduce the recurrence of back pain.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 29, 1995
GREENBELT -- A Rockville man sued Montgomery County police yesterday for $7 million, claiming they burst into his home and mistreated him and his family in a way that brought back memories of the 8 1/2 years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.Everett Alvarez Jr., 57, and his family alleged in a federal civil rights lawsuit that three officers -- suspecting underage drinking on the premises -- barged into their home and disrupted the birthday party of their 21-year-old son, Marc. "This is what I would expect over there," said Mr. Alvarez, meaning the former North Vietnam.
NEWS
October 4, 1995
A local woman says she has turned her home into a "treasure chest of information" for sufferers of back pain.Margaret Hall, founder of the Back Pain Association of America, says she has developed an international network and database that can link primary care physicians and their patients with back pain medical specialists.The nonprofit organization, which operates out of Ms. Hall's home, has information and library material on medical findings.The group also sponsors a support group that meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Highway.
SPORTS
By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Troy O'Leary has been a symbol of the Boston Red Sox's season, a Milwaukee Brewers castoff who had a career season and contributed to an improbable division championship.But the outfielder isn't part of the Boston postseason roster, after suffering back spasms during a workout Monday. Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy replaced him on the playoff roster -- Reggie Jefferson and Matt Stairs, who had been vying for one spot, were both included on the final roster."Troy said normally in spring training he comes up with some kind of spasm like that," Kennedy said.
NEWS
January 12, 1995
What Mandate?Already in their first days of control of Congress, the conservatives have stamped their reign as having "the mandate of the people." They really seem to believe they have a "mandate," but I fail to see where one exists.If you walked into a room of 10 people and four came up to you and complained about the state of the nation, would you call that a good survey of the opinions of the total population of the room?No, certainly not. However, it does represent 40 percent of the room.
SPORTS
By Robin Finn and Robin Finn,New York Times News Service | December 21, 1994
BANKSVILLE, N.Y. -- Ivan Lendl, who made such a religion of physical fitness that he overcame a shortage of tennis talent and transformed himself into the No. 1 player in the world for a record 270 weeks, announced his retirement yesterday.Alternately misty-eyed and jocular as he held court off the court at the Grand Slam tennis facility he owns here, Lendl, 34, said he finally had succumbed to the back problem that was diagnosed as facet joint syndrome last March. The condition manifested itself in crippling back spasms during many of his matches this year.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | December 10, 1994
Chiropractors say they have been vindicated by federal health officials who this week endorsed chiropractic care, along with low-stress exercise and pain relievers, as an effective treatment for acute lower back pain.But that has not changed the minds of some medical doctors, who continue to doubt that chiropractors' manipulation of the human spine has more than a minor impact, if any, on acute back pain."Chiropractic does a little good," said Dr. Donlin M. Long, a medical doctor and director of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | September 2, 1994
NEW YORK -- He looks young out there, standing straight and tall on the baseline. The eyes are still cool and calculating under the brim of the white cap that shaded him from the sun on Stadium Court at the U.S. Open.But at 34, Ivan Lendl, the man who held the No. 1 ranking for a record total of 270 weeks in the prime of his career, knows the sun is setting.His game can come and go at any moment. He knows it. His opponents know it. And the fans who gathered to watch him play yesterday know it.But it was still painful to watch one of the game's greatest players come apart, blow by blow.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Mike Mussina has a short and sweet answer to the run of nagging injuries that has taken the edge off what began as a promising season."It's the odd years. I got hurt in '89 in college and in '91 in Rochester and now it's '93 and it's one thing after another. I'm just kind of waiting for '94 to roll around," Mussina said yesterday.To be sure, Mussina hasn't given up on contributing to whatever success the Orioles have the rest of this 1993 season, and his 11-4 record still leads the pitching staff.
NEWS
By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | April 23, 1993
Standing in a cold rain at Baltimore's War Memorial Plaza yesterday, Halee Weinstein shook her head in disgust as she listened to stories of gay men and women who have been drummed out of the military.Each story sparked painful memories of the time in 1985 when she was identified as a lesbian, investigated for a criminal charge of sodomy by her Army superiors at Fort Bragg, N.C., and ordered to resign her commission."For many years, almost every night, I've had bad dreams that I'm in the military and something's going to happen to me," she said.
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