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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.

A man with gout rubs his foot.

What Is Gout?

Gout is an extremely painful rheumatic disease. Learn why it happens, and the treatments and diet changes that can help you find relief.

Doctor shows woman a model of a human spine

Spine Anatomy: Your Back as a Shock Absorber

Have you ever wondered how your spine fits together? Take a look at the anatomy of this crucial part of your body.

A man puts on shoes with gel insoles for his knee pain.

Try Gel Shoe Insoles For Your Knee Pain

If you have chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis, gel-filled shoe insoles may indeed help reduce knee pain and improve physical function.

Studies Find Damage to Brains of Veterans with Gulf War Illness

Studies Find Damage to Brains of Veterans with Gulf War Illness

Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm of the Gulf War exposed soldiers to nerve agents, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals. Here’s what’s happened decades later.

Gallbladder and Bladder Problems Can Be Misdiagnosed as Typical Back Pain

Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain, internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For exam...