Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by an injury, ligament sprain, or can be due to a chronic pain condition. No matter the cause, here are the prevention tips, and traditional and alternative treatments for this nagging pain.

For Back Pain, Exercise May Be the Best Prescription

Exercising when you’ve got lower back pain might be the last thing you want to do—but it may be your best bet for finding relief.

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Back Pain? Sciatica? Skip the Anticonvulsants

The use of anticonvulsant drugs like gabapentin, topiramate, and pregabalin to treat chronic low back has significantly increased in recent years – as much as 535 percent – even though there’s limited research supporting this practice.

By Diane Domina

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Low Back Pain

It hurts when you lie down; it hurts when you sit; it hurts when you even think about moving. Is it connected to your RA — and what can you do to cope?

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Here’s Why Your First Stop for Back Pain Should Be Physical Therapy

Compared to those who see a physical therapist later or not at all, people with low back pain who have physical therapy first generally have a more favorable outcome.

By Diane Domina

How Can You Reduce Lower Back Pain?

What are effective ways to prevent lower back pain, especially in the summer? Read on to find out.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

7 Ways To Improve Spine Health While Seated

Sitting causes unnecessary pressure on your spine. Here are 7 ways to improve the way you sit.

By Julie Cerrone Croner

Surgery for Vertebral Compression Fractures

When pain medications and rest aren’t enough to reduce pain from a vetebral fracture, surgery may be necessary.

By Peter Jaret

Counseling Sessions May Boost Back Surgery Recovery

Speaking to a counselor may motivate patients to more actively participate in recovery from back surgery.

By Peter Jaret

Injections May Offer Relief for Vertebral Fractures

In some patients, facet joint injections can be an effective first-line treatment for fractures in the vertebrae, eliminating the need for surgery.

By Peter Jaret

Does Your Leg Hurt When You Cough?

Worsening leg pain with coughing, sneezing, or straining may be a sign of disc damage and nerve compression.

By Peter Jaret

Low Back Pain: Blood Test May Help Diagnosis

Researchers have found evidence that levels of key substances in the blood may serve as useful markers for diagnosing low back pain.

By Peter Jaret

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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.