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Low Back Pain

Based upon your answers, some of the most likely causes of your back pain include

  • muscle strain or spasm

  • degenerative joint disease (or osteoarthritis)

  • ankylosing spondylitis (or related conditions).

To decrease pain, rest the back and avoid overuse. Over-the-counter pain medications, a heating pad, and topical treatments (such as Icy Hot, Ben Gay or ice) may help.

While these measures may help, it is important that you see a physician if symptoms are getting worse or not improving over time.

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