A combination of quick fixes and long-term strategies is required. Here’s what you can do:
There’s never a better time for back pain to hit. But there are good strategies for dealing with it. If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from back pain — 8 in 10 experience it at some point in their lives — especially back pain — you want to know what to do. You would think
What Causes Back Pain?
The spine is a strong and complex tower of bones (vertebrae), and many parts are subject to irritation, damage, or wear and tear. For example, the joints that connect one vertebra to another may deteriorate. (spondylosis). The intervertebral discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae, can become deformed (herniated) and irritate nearby nerve roots. And the bone itself can sprout small growths or spurs that pierce the nerve (stenosis).
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