Back PainInfo Center

This Rx Wasn't Much Help for Back Pain

One steroid thought to help some patients with back pain may not be all that helpful.

Surgery Vs. Physical Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

If you have lumbar spinal stenosis, you may eventually be faced with a decision about whether to have surgery. However, you might be just as well off with physical therapy.

These Factors May Raise Your Back Pain Risk

Lower back pain can be irritating at best and debilitating at worse. For some, simple lifestyle changes may make a huge difference.

Back Pain and Testing: Getting the Whole Picture

Tests that let doctors look for clues inside the body may help solve medical conditions that cause back pain and other symptoms. However, balancing risks, benefits and costs for each procedure is the key to getting the best medical care.

Another Reason to Quit: Smoking and Back Pain

Of all the parts of the body smoking can damage, the back doesn't seem like it would be one of them. Many smokers with lower back arthritis, however, may beg to differ. Smokers with this condition may not respond as well to treatment as nonsmokers.

Treating Women’s Pain: Rose Oil, Yoga and Music

Women, when it comes to pain, don’t just grin and bear it. Plenty of treatments have been shown to work.

Spine Surgery or Not, Long-Term Outcome the Same

Thinking about going under the knife for spine problems? It's a tough decision that patients and doctors should discuss. In some cases, the surgery might not make much difference.

Back Pain Rx Had No Effect

When a medication doesn't work, it can be a real pain in the back — literally. A common medication for back pain may not be helpful to patients.

Mild Depression May Slow Spine Surgery Recovery

Spinal stenosis tends to affect patients as they grow older. Surgery can provide relief, but those with even slight depression may face difficulties recovering.

Insomnia Associated With Increased Back Pain

Insomnia doesn't just affect patients at night — they often feel tired and less focused during the day, too. But patients may also experience back pain as a result of their sleepless nights.