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- Website: Mayo Clinic
- Resource type: Article
Summary - The message of this resource is:
Most back pain clears on its own without treatment, usually within 4-6 weeks. Surgery for back pain is often only a last resort. This resource includes advice about when to contact a doctor or seek emergency care.
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back, spine, nerve, injury
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Rated on: 8/2/2016 1:52:57 PM
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