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Back Pain

What is Back Pain?
Back pain is an all-too-familiar problem that can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that leaves you incapacitated. It can come on suddenly – from an accident, a fall or lifting something heavy – or it can develop slowly, perhaps as the result of age-related changes to the spine. Regardless of how back pain happens or how it feels, you know it when you have it. And chances are, if you don’t have back pain, you will eventually.

How Common is Back Pain?
In a 3-month period, about one-fourth of US adults experience at least 1 day of back pain. It is one of our society’s most common medical problems.

What Are the Risk Factors for Back Pain?
What Are the Causes of Back Pain?
Can Back Pain Be Prevented?
When Should I See a Doctor for Pain?
Which Type of Doctor Should I See?
How is Back Pain Diagnosed?
What is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain?
How is Back Pain Treated?
Nonsurgical Treatments
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