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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. In fact, eight out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Symptoms include muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates down your leg and limited flexibility or range of motion of the back. Get tips to manage your pain, and know when to see your health care provider.

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Almost 80% of adults say they have experienced back pain. Follow these steps to protect from further injury and ease your pain.

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Sciatica and radiculopathy: Peculiar names for shooting back, leg pain

Sciatica causes sharp, shooting lower back pain spreading down the leg. Learn about treatments and when to see your health care provider.

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Feeling off balance? A nerve condition may be to blame

Balance issues, which can make you feel dizzy or unsteady, may be caused by damage to your central nervous system. Learn how and what can be done to steady your balance.

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6 most common types of chronic pain treated by neurosurgeons

Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, ranging from back pain to headaches. Read about the most common types evaluated and treated by neurosurgeons.

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8 tips for managing chronic pain

Got pain? Get 8 tips to help you help you have the best function and quality of life possible.

Matthew Schumann PhD By Matthew Schumann December 18, 2020
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Miles ahead after complex spine surgery

Paul Halbur just wanted to enjoy a walk with his wife, but chronic back pain made this difficult. Read how his neurosurgery team performed a complex 8-hour surgery to eliminate pain and get him walking miles again.

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Use mindfulness to cope with chronic pain

Mindfulness has become a popular concept. Frequently thought of as a way to manage stress and improve focus, discover the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Amanda Neckar, L.C.S.W. By Amanda Neckar September 25, 2020
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Calming your pain: Is it possible?

When you hurt your back, did you know the pain could be caused by any part of your body that is compressed, stretched or has reduced blood flow? Learn how you can calm pain.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner September 23, 2020
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When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain?

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer August 12, 2020
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Proper posture is important for good health

Lying, sitting, standing and walking with poor posture can put major strain on your body. These suggestions will help improve your posture.

Kevin Hardesty By Kevin Hardesty July 17, 2020
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How to strengthen your core

Learn how to strengthen your core — abdominal, pelvic, diaphragm and back muscles — to help prevent back pain.

Denise Grabowski MS PT By Denise Grabowski January 20, 2020