All Back Pain Articles

Pain in Aging and Pediatric Populations: Special Needs and Concerns

Pain in younger patients requires special attention, particularly because children are not always able to describe the degree of pain they are experiencing.

Low Back and Pelvic Pain Treated Non-surgically with Progressive Resistance Exercise

Progressive resistance exercise helps patients with low back and pelvic pain to reach their rehab goals by gradually challenging muscles to strengthen. Should you try this?

Memo to Airlines: Travelers Would Pay More to Avoid In-flight Back Pain

A SpineUniverse survey found that 75% of people are willing to pay more for a more spine-friendly seat. Will the airlines listen and create a seat that gives support, not back pain?

Anatomy of Back Pain

Understanding why you have back pain starts with understanding the parts of your spine. This article provides an informative overview of the vertebrae, joints, muscles, and nerves that make up your backbone.

The Effect of Flying on Back and Neck Pain: Survey Results

Read the full SpineUniverse survey results on airplane travel and its effect on back and/or neck pain. Basic result: it hurts to fly, but what can travelers do to make themselves more comfortable -- and less likely to step off the plane in pain?

Symptoms of Back Pain

There are various ways to feel back pain and your symptoms depend on what is causing your pain.

Joint Fusion Procedure Shows Pain-relieving Potential

Results from two studies presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's Annual Meeting show that minimally invasive joint fusion surgery and spinal cord stimulation effectively relieve back pain. Article includes information on these treatments.

Should You Try Pilates for Lower Back Pain?

Researchers in Brazil set out to test the usefulness of Pilates in the treatment of lower back pain. Check out the results of this recent study.

Back Pain Tips for Expectant Mothers

In a recent study, researchers set out to understand what types of treatments best benefit pregnant women and help reduce their levels of lower back pain.

Americans in Pain: Part 1

When Americans were asked about back pain, a national health care issue, they responded along party lines. Who should fix this pervasive problem? Democrats say the government; Republicans respectfully disagree. Read other intriguing survey results.

Americans in Pain: Part 3

Survey results: America should invest in more research in order to prevent back and neck pain. Other ideas include universal health coverage (that's what Democrats think would fix our backs) and encouraging weight loss (so say Republicans).

Americans in Pain: Part 2

Survey results: Americans say that work is the #1 cause of back and neck pain. Our career-focused lifestyle seems to promote poor posture and a lack of good ergonomic principles. Includes tips on how to avoid back pain and neck pain at wo

Americans in Pain: Part 4

Survey results: who should pay to fix America's pervasive back and neck pain issues? The country is split. Some say the government; some say insurance companies. Any other ideas?

The Olympics Caused My Back Pain

I didn't know watching the Olympics could be so painful...for my spine. For four hours I sat slumped on the couch, and my bad posture led to back pain. Here's some back stretches and exercises I should've done to help prevent muscle tension.

Avoid Back Pain While Leaf Raking

Leaf raking can leave you with back pain, so before heading out to rake, read these quick tips on taking care of your spine and preventing back pain.

Americans in Pain: Part 5

Will we ever be able to entirely prevent back pain? You can do your best to avoid back and neck pain by following these simple tips in your day-to-day life. And if we all follow these suggestions, more of us can prevent pain.

Back Pain Exercises and Stretches

Keeping your back healthy is a daily commitment. It helps to do daily stretches and exercises specifically designed to prevent back pain. Follow these easy instructions on how to prevent back pain or find back pain relief.

Surgery for Back Pain

Less than 5% of people with back pain need spine surgery. But if you're in that 5%, your doctor will make the best recommendation for the type of surgery. This is a list of typical surgical procedures used to treat back pain.

Vitamin D Can Reduce Back Pain

Recent research shows that patients with chronic back pain almost always have a vitamin D deficiency, too. Taking vitamin D supplements may eventually bring pain relief-- when used in conjunction with other treatments. Find out why.

Facts and Tips about Back Pain

Quick facts and tips about back pain.

World-class Olympic Athletes Struggle with Back Pain

Almost all of us get back pain; professional and Olympic athletes are no exception. Learn how several world-class athletes have dealt with herniated discs and sciatic pain, plus hear comments from spine experts on their treatment.

Great Pumpkins, Greater Pains

Pumpkin patches are one of the great mainstays of the fall season. But to make the most of a day trip, you should know how to lift to prevent back pain. Pumpkins are heavier than they look, and they cause pain if you don’t know the right technique.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Curl-up (Crunch)

For back pain caused by spondylosis or spondylolisthesis, the doctor may recommend curl-ups (also called crunches). Most everyone’s familiar with this exercise, which will help strengthen your core muscles. A strong core better supports your spine.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Knee Lifts (Marching)

If you have back pain (especially back pain with sciatica) caused by spondylosis or spondylolisthesis, your doctor may recommend the knee lift exercise. Video shows you how to do this back pain exercise to help reduce your pain.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Opposite Arm and Leg Extension

The opposite arm and leg extension is a great exercise for low back pain caused by a herniated disc. Learn how to do it in this video.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Upper Back Extension

Doing upper back extension exercises can help strengthen and stabilize your lower back. If you have back pain from a herniated disc, your doctor may recommend this stretch. Video explains how to do an upper back extension.

Back Pain Exercise Video: All Fours Opposite Arm and Leg Extension

Watch this exercise video to see how to do the all fours opposite arm and leg extension. It’s an exercise that can help relieve pain caused by degenerative disc disease in the low back, and it can strengthen and stabilize your lumbar spine.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Knee to Chest

The knee to chest stretch is one way to relieve pain from degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. Your doctor may recommend that you do this exercise for your back pain, especially if you have sciatica as well.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Lower Trunk Rotation

Physical therapist-approved exercise video that shows you how to do a lower trunk rotation, a helpful stretch for back pain prevention and treatment.

Back Pain Exercise Video: Prone on Elbows into Press-up

The prone on elbows exercise can help relieve your back pain caused by a herniated disc. It’s good to do if you have sciatica. Watch this exercise video to see how best to do this back stretch.

A Letter to Santa from SpineUniverse

Dear Santa, SpineUniverse is worried about how your extra weight affects your back. Try our back pain prevention tips!