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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)

  • disk disease

  • sciatica

  • spinal stenosis

  • a muscle strain or spasm.

Less likely is a fracture (as may occur with osteoporosis or slippage of one vertebra on the one above or below it). It's also possible that you have some combination of these or a rarer cause of back pain.

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

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