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Dealing with Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of physician visits in the United States. In fact, at least four out of five adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.

Ironically, the severity of the pain is often unrelated to the extent of physical damage. A simple back strain with muscle spasms can cause excruciating back pain that can make it difficult to walk or even stand. This is in contrast to a large herniated disc or completely degenerated disc which can be completely painless. There are many structures in the lower back that can cause pain and the causes of low back pain can be very complex. The following parts of spinal anatomy can cause pain:

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