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Back Pain? Sciatica? Skip the Anticonvulsants

Research suggests you might want to avoid using anticonvulsant drugs like gabapentin, topiramate, and pregabalin to treat low back pain.

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An Injection for Vertebral Fracture Relief?

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

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Got Low Back Pain? Skip the Pills

If you see your doctor for low back pain, don’t expect to walk away with a prescription. These are the alternative treatments you should try first.

Bottles of opioid pain medications.

Dangers of Prescription Pain Killers

A fine line exists between the benefits and harms of prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. Here’s what you should know.

A woman with back pain from sciatica.

Got Sciatica? These Treatments May Help

Sciatica often goes away on its own, but symptoms may last more than six weeks. Try these tips to help ease your pain.

A woman gets a massage to help with back pain.

Alternative Therapies for Joint Pain

More than half of U.S. adults say they have some sort of joint pain. Find out why many are choosing alternative therapies over conventional treatments.

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The Best Options for Severe Back Pain

If you have severe back pain that lasts more than a few days, these are the treatment options you should consider — and some you shouldn't.