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Low Back Pain

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

  • degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)

  • muscle spasm or strain

  • fracture (related to osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis).

Other, rarer causes are also possible.

While over-the-counter pain medicines, a heating pad, and rest may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms, especially if your back pain is not clearly improving over a number of weeks.

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