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Is Your Posture Hurting Your Back?

Bad posture may contribute to back pain, and conversely, back pain can adversely affect your posture. Once your back starts hurting, it becomes a vicious cycle. If you are having neck or back pain, your doctor may evaluate you and refer you to a physical therapist or other professional. But you can begin to evaluate your…

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Relief

Physical therapy (PT) might be worth considering instead of painkillers to manage some types of low back pain. If your primary care doctor doesn’t bring it up, it’s important to ask whether PT might be an option for you.

Exercise-It’s Good for Your Back, Too

It's well known that regular exercise can help you lose excess weight and improve your overall health. But did you know it can also help prevent back pain and injury?

Back Pain Prevention Tips for Golfers

Back pain is by far the most common complaint among golfers. That's no surprise, considering the unusual stress on muscles and ligaments created by a golf swing. But these tips can help keep you on the course-and away from back pain.

Signs You Might Have a Pinched Nerve

The most common cause of a pinched nerve in the neck is an aging disk in the spine or a herniated (bulging) disk. Here are the signs you might have a pinched nerve and what to do about it.

Spinal Surgery: Last Resort for Low Back Pain

Clinical practice guidelines recommend that several evidence-based treatments be tried to relieve low back pain before patients consult with a doctor about spinal surgery. Yet a results from a recent survey published in ...

Attitude Plays a Role in Back Pain Recovery

A patient's belief that he or she will recover from back-related leg pain and sciatica is an important predictor of successful recovery, according to a recent study in The Spine Journal.

Acupuncture May Boost Effects of Standard Pain Care

Acupuncture combined with standard medical care is more effective than standard medical care alone for treating chronic pain, including back and neck pain, according to a meta-analysis published last year by British researchers.

Chronic Back Pain: Why Doctors Are Stepping Back from Opioids to Treat It

A recent study adds to the growing body of evidence that long-term use of opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain, including back pain, should be the exception rather than the rule.

FDA Warns Against Using Kratom for Pain, Opioid-Withdrawal Relief

If you suffer from back pain and have been taking opioids for pain relief, you may be thinking of trying kratom. This product has been reported to help relieve pain and ease opioid withdrawal symptoms. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that using kratom can be a risky proposition.