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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Low Back Pain

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

  • disk disease

  • sciatica

  • spinal stenosis

  • spondylolisthesis

  • muscle strain or spasm.

There are other, rarer possibilities, as well.

To decrease pain, avoid overuse and try over-the-counter pain medications, a heating pad or topical treatments (such as Icy Hot or Ben Gay).

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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