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To a bicycling, hiking, fishing and general outdoor enthusiast like Joe Dwan of Beavercreek, Ore., slowing down is not part of life's equation.

Yet, by summer 2004, that's exactly what lower back pain had forced the 52-year-old respiratory therapist to do. "I'd been having back problems. They'd been pretty bad for about a year," said Dwan, who often felt stabbing pain shooting down one leg. "It interfered with my sleep, and it was just difficult to lift things and do things. My activity level dropped quite a bit."

But Dwan is hopeful a new treatment for severe lower back pain he received at Oregon Health