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Causes of Lower Back Pain

Examine the most common causes of lower back pain including muscle strain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and more.
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When Is a Stiff Neck Serious?

There are several symptoms that could indicate a potentially serious underlying medical condition when they appear alongside neck pain.
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Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion is designed to stop the motion at the segment of the spine that is the cause of the patient's pain.

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Herniated Disc Video

See how a herniated disc occurs and how it can cause pain and other symptoms depending on the location of the disc herniation

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Don't let the term "degenerative" confuse you—degenerative disc disease does not necessarily get worse with age, but it can lead to intense pain.

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Cervical Spinal Stenosis Video

Learn about cervical stenosis and its symptoms, causes and treatment options in this interactive cervical spinal stenosis video.

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Sciatica Treatment

Explore sciatica treatment options to help relieve or alleviate sciatica pain, including non-surgical methods, pain medications and sciatica surgery.

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Pain in the shoulder blade region is fairly common and can be quite painful and limiting. It can have many causes, ranging from a muscle strain to a more serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Walking is a simple, low-impact exercise that can help relieve your sciatica. Follow these two tips to maintain good posture while walking and avoid further irritation of your sciatic nerve roots.

A lumbar herniated disc causes symptoms of sciatica and possible foot pain, numbness or weakness. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.
Learn why active back exercises – as opposed to rest – are often more effective in treating lower back pain.