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You know, I haven't had a lick of back pain my entire adult life. Then I had a CT scan for my heart and found out that I have stenosis in my spine. All of a sudden, my back hurts. Is this just in my head? Or can stenosis really cause back pain all of a sudden like that?9 years 21 weeks ago1914
Years ago I was in a Back School program that really seemed to help. I recently re-injured my back but there was no mention at the clinic about Back School. Has it gone out of favor now?10 years 26 weeks ago1502
Years ago I hurt my back in a work-related accident. After attending a rehab program witha psychologist, physical therapist, and vocational counselor I went back to work full-time. Over the years I've seen a chiropractor and massage therapist for occasional backpain. Is this what's keeping me from getting back pain again?14 years 41 weeks ago1685
Years ago I had traction therapy for a bad back. It really seemed to help. But the last two places I went didn't have traction at all. Isn't this treatment used any more?10 years 46 weeks ago1780
Wow! I can't believe the difference in my low back pain from wearing a simple shoe insert. It seems I have a very slightly shorter left leg. The insert is only worn in the left shoe. It makes sense to use a shoe lift or insert but how does this work exactly?13 years 6 weeks ago1695
Would surgery relieve my chronic low back pain?10 years 46 weeks ago1628
Would exercise make my back pain better? I recently had a baby, and my back started hurting during pregnancy.17 years 33 weeks ago1771
With so many ways to treat chronic back pain, how do doctors decide what method to use?10 years 48 weeks ago1689
With damage and arthritis in my low back, the doctors are advising a lumbar spine fusion. Why can't they just do a simple operation and put screws in the bone to hold it in place? They did this when I broke my arm last year and it worked fine.13 years 33 weeks ago1600
Will there ever be a cure for back pain?10 years 39 weeks ago1665
Will there come a time when doctors can properly diagnose lower back pain? I'm so fed up with the tests and no answers.10 years 33 weeks ago1490
Will my 12-year-old son be able to stay active in sports now that he's fully recovered from back surgery to remove an injured disc?16 years 45 weeks ago1891
Why is treating back pain so darned expensive? My back hurts and by the time I've seen everyone who claims to help me, I'll be broke.9 years 9 weeks ago3170
Why is pain sometimes referred - in other words, if my back is injured, why do I feel pain in my thigh?10 years 33 weeks ago1429
Why is my doctor sending me to a psychologist for my chronic low back pain?10 years 46 weeks ago1786
Why is lower back pain so common these days?10 years 52 weeks ago1824
Why is it so easy to hurt your lower back?11 years 39 weeks ago1788
Why is back pain so common?11 years 39 weeks ago1602
Why do I get back and leg pain every time I cough or sneeze?14 years 12 weeks ago1678
Why do doctors tell you to exercise if your lower back hurts?10 years 1 week ago1786
Why do disc problems cause pain in some people but not in others?11 years 14 weeks ago1412
Why can't my doctor figure out what's causing my back pain? I've had x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, and no one can seem to tell where it's coming from.11 years 27 weeks ago2796
Why are there so many different treatments advertised for back pain? Is there one "best" treatment method?13 years 31 weeks ago1409
Why am I so afraid of hurting my back again? I injured it about six months ago. After being home for three months, I went back to work. It's a demanding job, and although I try to take care of my back, I find I tense up a lot and I'm afraid - which I'm sure makes it worse. What can I do?9 years 9 weeks ago3490
Who should I see for low back pain: a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist?13 years 36 weeks ago1467
While on a walking tour of Ireland my wife started having back pain. It was bad enough she couldn't continue on the tour with us. She saw a physical therapist there who did inferential therapy on her. It seemed to help. What is this?14 years 8 weeks ago1452
Which is better when lifting: squat or stoop?13 years 2 weeks ago2761
Whenever I see the doctor or physical therapist, they always do the same test on me: they lift my leg up off the table. I notice that sometimes this test is done while I'm lying down and sometimes when I'm sitting up. What is it they are testing? Is one of them doing it wrong?11 years 22 weeks ago1444
Whenever I see an exercise show on TV it's always the same pattern: warm-up, stretching, aerobics, cool down. Now it's all about the core program. There's another 10 minutes for that. Does it really matter what order I do these exercises in? I do have chronic low back pain?13 years 36 weeks ago1495
Whenever I go to the doctor or a physical therapist for back pain, all the testing they do makes me much worse. Isn't there a quick and easy way they can measure me without so much bending and stretching?12 years 12 weeks ago1370

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