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10 Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Considering one of the most common reasons for a doctor's visits is low back pain, we should probably be aware of the causes — so we can avoid them. Injuries, osteoporosis and even fear can contribute to lower back pain. Learn these 10 reasons your low back might be bothering you.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Not Your Usual Back Pain Problems

When you hurt your back, you think of it stemming from lifting heavy things, falling, or taking a bad step on the stairs. But really, you’d be surprised at what could actually be the bad back culprit — like your cell phone, or smoking.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Mistakes You’re Making That Are Making Your Back Pain Worse

These are such simple everyday things that you probably don’t even realize they’re contributing to your back pain — like the foods you eat. Yep, they could be the culprit.

By Eileen Bailey

Here’s Your Back Pain, With a Side of…

What comes first — the back pain, or the other health condition that causes the back pain? Either way, back pain may come with a side of these chronic conditions.

By Eileen Bailey

Postpartum Depression Linked to Mom’s Recovery Pain After Childbirth

How well a new mother's pain is managed during her recovery from childbirth appears to directly influence her risk of postpartum depression.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Do You Have Opioid-Use Disorder?

What used to be defined as “opioid addiction” has now been classified as “opioid-use disorder,” a formal mental health disorder. Find out if you fall within the 11 criteria that help to determine if you have opioid-use disorder — and how to get help.

By Stephanie Stephens

Opioids: Key Differences Between Physical Dependence and Addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains the subtle nuances between physical dependence and addiction to opioids. In short: Physical dependence isn't addiction, but it can be part of addiction.

By Stephanie Stephens

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea About RLS

Contrary to popular belief, restless leg syndrome does not occur during sleep, and it doesn't even affect just your legs. These facts may surprise you.

By Martin Reed

Your Thyroid and Arthritis: What Came First?

Did thyroid disease cause your psoriatic arthritis, or was it the other way around. Learn about the links between thyroid disease and inflammatory joint issues.

By Mary Shomon

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Low Back Pain

It hurts when you lie down; it hurts when you sit; it hurts when you even think about moving. Is it connected to your RA — and what can you do to cope?

By Lene Andersen, MSW