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D

oes your back hurt? If it
makes you feel any better,
you're not alone.
Back pain is one of the
top reasons people go to the doctor,
and 80 percent of us will experience it
at some point in our lives. It can have
many causes-from a simple muscle
strain to a herniated disk or spinal stenosis to (more rarely) a serious underlying condition, such as an infection, an
abdominal aortic aneurysm or cancer.
Most episodes of back pain, fortunately, will resolve on their own within
a few weeks. In the meantime, though,
you need relief. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself about your back
pain to help you deduce what might be
causing it-and to know when it's time
to seek care.

What Brings
It On?

Figuring out what exacerbates your back pain is the logical place
to start, says Jacob M. Buchowski, MD,
an orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons.
"Is the pain there with activity? Is it
constant? Is it worse during the day or
night? Was it the result of some kind
of trauma? These kinds of questions
can help determine if it's a mechanical or degenerative problem, or if it
may be something more serious,"
Buchowski says.
On the flip side, pain that appears
seemingly out of nowhere can be
a concern.

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