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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.

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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.

Seniors work with trainer and exercise balls

For Back Pain, Exercise May Be Best

When you have low back pain, exercise may be the last thing you want to do, but it's likely your best bet for finding relief.

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.

An elderly man works with a physical therapist for back pain.

When Back Pain Becomes Chronic

For genuine relief from chronic low back pain, you may have to try a combination of treatments.

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 chiropractor aligns a patient's spine.

Can a Chiropractor Help Your Back Pain?

If you struggle with back pain, you've probably considered seeing a chiropractor. Learn the pros and cons of treating back pain with spinal manipulation.

A woman having a back spasm grabs her back in pain.

How To Find Relief For Back Spasms

Sudden, shooting back pain can be caused by a spasm. Learn what triggers back spasms, and the treatments you can use to find relief.