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Back pain is an extremely common complaint for adults. Really, who hasn’t experienced it?
The older you are, the more likely you are to have back pain.
There are a number of causes, as listed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
Some back pain is short-term and does go away on its own. Other pain is chronic, and needs some intervention. As the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports, there are a variety of treatment options for back pain.
Acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen, along with gentle movement, may do the trick while you wait out short-term back pain. Certain exercises and stretches, heat or cold packs and medication can help chronic pain.
In some cases, surgery could be needed to relieve pain. It’s important to see a doctor if you have chronic back pain, especially if you experience any of these symptoms (from the NIAMS):
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Living with an aching back or a painful ankle injury is difficult — but you have options to feel like yourself again. Learn more about the Edward-Elmhurst Orthopedic Center.
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