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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

Do You Need Surgery for Vertebral Fractures?

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

By Peter Jaret

Does Your Leg Hurt When You Cough?

Find out why this question could help you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your back pain.

By Peter Jaret

The Most Common Causes of Back Pain

The exact cause of back pain is not easy to determine. Fortunately, about 90 percent of cases improve on their own. Here's what you should know.

By HealthAfter50

Spinal Stenosis Versus Vascular Claudication

Spinal stenosis can often be confused with a different condition called vascular claudication. Here's how you can tell the two apart.

By HealthAfter50

Anatomy Of A Herniated Disc

Changes that occur with aging can make your spine more vulnerable to a slipped disc. Find out what that could mean for your back.

By HealthAfter50

What to Do About Back Spasms

If you're susceptible to back spasms, this article can help you understand why they happen and what you can do to prevent them.

By HealthAfter50

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

About 10 percent of people have back pain from a herniated disc at some point in their lives. Learn what causes this painful condition.

By HealthAfter50

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common cause of back pain that can happen when spinal stenosis or a herniated disk irritates the sciatic nerve.

By HealthAfter50

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Learn more about this common cause of back pain — a narrowing of the spinal canal that typically affects people in their 50s and 60s.

By HealthAfter50