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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.

By HealthAfter50
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.

By Peter Jaret
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spine highlighted on an X-ray.

What Else Causes Back Pain?

Learn about inflammatory and other medical conditions that can affect the spine and lead to back pain.

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A doctor examines a neck X-ray.

What to Know About Spinal Stenosis Surgery

If you struggle with back pain from spinal stenosis, surgery is often a last resort. But if you do need surgery, here's what you should know.

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