Low back pain is one of the top reasons that Americans see their doctor. Most Americans, moreover, experience back pain at one time during their life. Many back related injuries happen at work. But, you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain.
- I. Back to Basics
- Step 1: What is low back pain?
- Step 2: Know your back anatomy
- Step 3: Causes of low back pain
- Step 4: Are you at risk?
- II. First Steps
- Step 5: What to do when pain begins
- Step 6: Seeing your doctor
- Step 7: What tests might be ordered?
- Step 8: When is low back pain a serious sign?
- III. Taking Control: Treatment and Prevention
- Step 9: Exercise and physical therapy
- Step 10: Change your work habits
- Step 11: Medications
- Step 12: Other treatments
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Reviewed By: Andrew W. Piasecki, MD, Camden Bone and Joint, LLC, Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine, Camden, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.