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Low Back Pain

Your Complete Guide to a Healthy Back

The back is made up of a lot of moving parts, which means it's also vulnerable to problems. Read on for your complete guide to keeping your back strong and healthy.
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The back is made up of more than 30 bones and hundreds of nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. But all those moving parts mean it’s vulnerable to problems, too. Read on for your complete guide to keeping your back strong and healthy.  Read More

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4 Surprising Cures for Back Pain

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There are tons of treatments aimed at alleviating back pain. According to the latest research, these are the methods that really work.   View slideshow

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Stop Back Pain Before It Starts

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You don't have back pain...yet. Want to keep it that way? Try these techniques to prevent the pain long before it's begins.   View slideshow

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4 Steps to a Stronger Back

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Do these exercises, from physical therapist Renee Garrison, for five minutes a day to get strong and ward off lower back pain.   View slideshow

Surprising Causes of Back Pain

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From your e-reader to your flip-flops, surprising reasons you’re aching—and how to feel better fast.  Read More

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Back Pain? 7 Questions to Ask Before Surgery

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Back pain? Ask your doctor these important questions before having back surgery.   View slideshow


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5 Quick Ways to Stop Back Pain

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Roughly 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. Whether you’re in the midst of fighting the ache or just want to prevent it, here are some expert-endorsed quick-and-easy ways to wage your war.   View slideshow



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Spine Surgeon Richard Guyer Gives Straightforward Answers to Questions About Back Pain

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic surgeon at the Texas Back Institute
Q: When should I see a doctor about low back pain, and when can I treat it at home?

A: In most cases for an acute episode, resting a day or two, intermittent ice on the back, and ibuprofen—that is good first aid. If after a few days it’s not beginning to feel better or you have neurological symptoms—weakness, numbness, loss of bladder control—you need to see a physician. We know that 70% [of people] will get better in two to three weeks, 90% will get better within three months, and a small percentage will end up having some chronic back pain. Between 80% and 90% of people will have at least one episode of acute back pain in their lifetime; about one-third may experience intermittent pain throughout their life. Most first episodes will get better in a few days. Read More

QUIZ

Test Your Back Pain IQ: Do You Know How to Get Relief?

Test your back pain IQ!
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As many as 20% of Americans experience a monthlong bout of back pain each year. That's a lot of moaning on the couch and missing out on fun or even work. But there are simple ways to ease the pain. If you or someone you love suffers from serious backaches, take our quiz to catch up on the latest thinking about how to relieve the pain.  Read More

MY STORY

I Survived a Life of Too Much Pain and No Sleep

Years after a car accident wrecked her back, Pat fought for and found relief
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After injuring her back in a car accident, Pat Skiba lived with the kind of pain most of us couldn't imagine. She survived on painkillers and without sleep. Finally she forced her doctor to take her pain seriously and fought a one-woman battle to find relief.  Read More

GIVE AND TAKE

How One Couple Works Together to Conquer Chronic Back Pain

Learning how to manage the pain and manage to stay connected
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Dealing with chronic pain can strain the strongest of relationships. Jan and her husband, Bill, have lived through five years of Jan's debilitating back pain. Jan's journey for pain relief has been hard on this athletic couple and their family. Here, Jan and Bill open up about how divisive and isolating pain can be and what they do to bridge that divide and stay strong together.  Read More

Shoveling Snow? How to Protect Your Back (and Your Heart)

The exertion, cold weather, and slippery surfaces snow shovelers face are a recipe for back pain (and even heart attacks)
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Each year, shoveling piles of snow after a storm is believed to cause tens of thousands of back and shoulder injuries in the United States, not to mention several hundred heart attacks. But there are steps you can take to shovel safely and ensure that you survive the winter in one piece.  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Low Back Pain

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