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Four out of five adults experience significant low back pain at some point in their lives. This figure is not surprising, given the amount of stress placed on the back throughout the day. The back not only supports the weight of the body during standing, walking, and lifting, but also turns, twists, and bends.

These movements are affected by the strength, flexibility, and alignment of many body parts. As a result, seemingly simple movements—how we habitually stand or sit, for instance—can adversely affect our backs, sometimes to the point of injury. 

How Scientific American Cosnumer Health can help. If you or someone you care about suffers with persistent back pain, obtaining accurate information is an important part of the treatment plan.

  • Lee H. Riley III, M.D., a leading orthopedic surgeon, reviews the most up-to-date information on back pain relief, including a review of the most effective pain-relieving drugs; an assessment of alternative therapies, including exercise and acupuncture; and explanations of the newest surgical treatments.  
  • You’ll find articles on: how to cope with stress-induced back pain, surgery for sciatica, water workouts, injection therapy, massage, your best options for a herniated disk, simple stretches, ad much more. 

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