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Woman with low back pain.

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.

X-ray view of a woman with low back pain.

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.

A doctor checks a man for leg pain.

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.

Two men strain their backs lifting a large box.

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.

A woman with spinal stenosis back pain gets out of bed.

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.

Herniated disc illustration of a human spine.

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.

A man gets a back spasm while shoveling snow.

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.

A man carrying a box grabs his lower back in pain.

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.

Woman holding lower back with pain from sciatica.

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.

Man grabbing back of upper thigh in pain.

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.