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NOTE: THIS INCLUDES BOB WILLIAMS FC ONLY ON 7/13/06.Virtual Haptic Back Feature.By Christina Dierkes..Aching muscles. Shooting pains. Sore shoulders. These are symptoms doctors see in their offices everyday. Eight in ten people will visit a doctor for back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the causes are many: injury, poor posture, weight problems, kidney troubles, or just working at a computer all day. .They're also some of the most difficult symptoms to treat effectively. That's not only frustrating for a doctor, but intimidating for medical students who need to learn in the classroom how to diagnose back pain woes in future patients. .The answer, say Ohio University engineers and physicians, may lie in virtual reality technology. A research team from the university's College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology has developed the Virtual Haptic Back program to offer medical students another learning tool. Using computer hardware that simulates the feel of a three-dimensional image, the project could provide physicians-in-training with a new way of learning how to diagnose and treat back problems such as pain and stiffness...A Painful Problem..Though all doctors treat patients with back pain, osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) take a different approach from conventional medical doctors. They believe in treating each patient as a whole person, rather than focusing just on the area of the body suffering the medical problem..Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) eliminates some of the muscle and skeletal problems that generally come with illness by manipulating the spine, a technique similar to the one used by chiropractors and massage therapists. The treatment restores fluid flow to the affected area, and the increase in nutrients and removal of waste products ?supports a person's own healing capacity so they can heal more quickly,? says David Eland, D.O., professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Oh