Back Pain Center

General Overview

Back pain is an ache or discomfort in the back and spinal column. Back pain is very common, affecting most adults at some point in their lives.

Common back problems

InDepth

Find answers in our in-depth report on low back pain and sciatica:

Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures

Living With Back Pain

In her own words: living with sciatica

Managing chronic low back pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor, and the third most common cause of surgery. Read here to find out what you can do if you suffer from chronic low back pain.

Living With Back Pain (Continued)

Chiropractic treatment: what you should know

Read here to find out what you should know about chiropractic treatment.

Preventing Back Pain

Traveling: it can be a real pain in the neck, the head, the back…

Read here to find out which muscle pains are common when traveling, and how you can help prevent and treat travel-associated aches and pains.

Exercise 101: back squat using free weights

Use this exercise to develop strength in your legs, hips, and back

Taking care of your back

One false twist, and you could be flat on your back. Here's what you can do to prevent—or treat—those painful aches and twinges.

Special Topics

When Emily's backpack weighs more than she does

Each year, children aged 5-14 go to the doctor for backpack-related pain. What is going on? And what can we do about it?

Related Conditions

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

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Exercise may help relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength in arthritic joints.