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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12 Ways to Sleep Better With Low Back Pain

Poor sleep and back pain pretty much go hand-in-hand. The first line of defense so you can catch some Z's would be to treat your back pain — which you can do with cold or hot compresses, acupuncture, or changing up your mattress.

By Martin Reed

10 Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Considering one of the most common reasons for a doctor's visits is low back pain, we should probably be aware of the causes — so we can avoid them. Injuries, osteoporosis and even fear can contribute to lower back pain. Learn these 10 reasons your low back might be bothering you.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Not Your Usual Back Pain Problems

When you hurt your back, you think of it stemming from lifting heavy things, falling, or taking a bad step on the stairs. But really, you’d be surprised at what could actually be the bad back culprit — like your cell phone, or smoking.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Mistakes You’re Making That Are Making Your Back Pain Worse

These are such simple everyday things that you probably don’t even realize they’re contributing to your back pain — like the foods you eat. Yep, they could be the culprit.

By Eileen Bailey

10 Ways to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is a common health problem and can lead to physical disability. The best way to get ahead of back pain is to invest your time in these activities, before you’re investing in back pain health care (which can be expensive!).

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Here’s Your Back Pain, With a Side of…

What comes first — the back pain, or the other health condition that causes the back pain? Either way, back pain may come with a side of these chronic conditions.

By Eileen Bailey

10 Medication-Free Ways to Relieve Your Back Pain

Before you request a prescription for your back pain, consider asking your doctor about these 10 natural remedies.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Battle Back Pain With Yoga

It may seem counter-intuitive to “workout” when you have back pain, but doing these light yoga stretches can actually relieve pain and prepare your body to move around much more.

By Eileen Bailey

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

Have Back Pain With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis and also experience lower back pain, here's what you should know and what you can do to ease the pain.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Meet the Experts

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.