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Back Pain - Causes - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment - Pain Relief

Information on low back pain, arthritis, conditions, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, prevention, surgery and other treatment options. Your back is a complex structure of bones, muscles and tissues. The lumbar region, where most pain is felt, supports the weight of the upper body. Back pain, one of the most common and painful ailments, can be hard to treat.
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Facts About Facet Arthropathy
Facet arthropathy can be a cause of back pain.

Coccyx Cushion Helps Relieve Lower Back Pain
Back pain is a common cause of disability. While pain can occur anywhere along the spine, pain is most common in the lower part of the back. Conservative treatments are typically tried in an attempt to find pain relief. Anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and assistive equipment can help. Taking pressure off of the lower back is essential. A coccyx cushion can take pressure away from …

Low Back Pain - Guide to Low Back Pain
If you have low back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has low back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation.

The Back Pain Quiz
Back pain is a very common condition. Four out of 5 people will actually experience low back pain sometime in their life. How much do you know about back pain? Do you know how it's treated? Do you know if you can prevent it?

Back Supports
Back supports provide pain relief, improve posture, and add stability to your back.

An In-Depth Report: Back Pain
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of back pain.

An In-Depth Report: Scoliosis (Abnormal Curvature of the Spine)
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of scoliosis.

Top Moist/Dry Heating Pads
Heating pads soothe painful, aching arthritic joints. Dry heat, moist heat, or microwaveable wraps offer relief.

What Is the Spine?
A brief explanation of the anatomy of the spine and what goes wrong when pain occurs.

Compression fractures of the back
In a compression fracture of the vertebrae, the bone tissue of the vertebral body collapses. More than one vertebra may be affected. This condition may be caused by osteoporosis (the most common cause), tumor, or trauma to the back. (Illustrated)

Back Pain - Nonspecific
Pain in the back due to an unknown cause. Excellent illustrations of the spine, vertebrae, back, and neck.

Back strain treatment
What should be done for a back strain?

Backaches and stress
Can stress cause backaches?

Spondylolithesis is forward slippage of a lumbar (lower back) vertebra on the vertebra below it. The spine is divided into 5 anatomical sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (thorax or rib cage), lumbar (the lower back from bottom of the thoracic spine to the top of pelvis), sacral (pelvis) and coccygeal (tail).

Diskitis / Disk Inflammation
Diskitis is an inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the intervertebral disk space (the space between the bones of the spine).

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

The Pain Relief Quiz
How much do you know about relieving pain? Pain serves as the signal that something is wrong in the body. There are many pain relieving techniques which can be tried. Do you know about the various pain treatment options? Take the Pain Relief Quiz.

The Pain Quiz - Acute vs. Chronic Pain
There's more to know about pain than the fact that it hurts. Do you know the difference between acute and chronic pain? Do men and women respond to pain differently? How many older people take a painkiller on a regular basis? What is R.I.C.E.? Are there any non-drug pain relievers? How much do you know about pain?

Back Pain - Low
Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region of your back. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries.

Sciatica is a condition involving impaired movement and/or sensation in the leg, caused by damage to the sciatic nerve.

Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Slipped Disk)
Herniated nucleus pulposus, or slipped disk, is a condition in which part or all of the soft, gelatinous central portion of an intervertebral disk (the nucleus pulposus) is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This results in back pain and leg pain (lumbar herniation) or neck pain and arm pain (cervical herniation) due to nerve root irritation.

Although stress can cause backaches it is wise to watch out for other signs that may indicate a more serious condition. Pain which radiates to the buttocks, arms or legs, and weakness or numbness in the arms and legs should not be ignored.

10 Tips for Preventing Back Pain
Preventing back pain may be the simplest way to deal with it. Here are the 10 top tips for helping to prevent back pain.

Flank pain
Flank pain refers to pain in the side of the trunk between the right or left upper abdomen and the back.

Low Back Strain
Muscle strains and lumbar sprains are the most common causes of low back pain.

Back Pain Myths
Because back pain is so prevalent in our society, there are bound to be myths surrounding it. Here are common back pain myths, demystified.

Exercise for Back Pain
Managing and preventing back pain isn't easy, but it can be done as long as you're willing to make some changes in how you live.

Low Back Pain in the Adult
Thorough resource of information about low back pain in the adult, from Wheeless Textbook of Orthopedics.

Low Back Pain
Pain in the low lumbar, lumbosacral, or sacroiliac region, possibly accompanied by pain radiating down one or both buttocks or legs in the distribution of the sciatic nerve (sciatica), from Merck Manual.

Back Pain Fact Sheet
Most back pain is caused by muscle strain, trauma, spinal deformity and poor posture and body mechanics. Only about 10 percent of back pain is caused by a systemic illness. Back pain can develop anywhere from the neck to the lower spine. The pain can be localized or spread across a wide area and radiate from a central point, from American College of Rheumatology.

About Chiropractors / Chiropractic - Guide to Chiropractors and Chiropractic...
A three-part guide to chiropractors and chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a form of health care that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure, primarily of the spine, and function. Doctors of chiropractic, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, use a type of hands-on therapy called manipulation (or...

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